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Phone and Internet service out for hours in Martinsburg

July 03, 2006|by DAVE McMILLION

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - FiberNet service was cut to Martinsburg-area residents Sunday due to a vehicle crash, a company spokeswoman said.

FiberNet, based in Charleston, W.Va., provides phone and DSL Internet service throughout West Virginia and portions of western Pennsylvania, according to the company's Web site.

The crash occurred between Elkridge, Md., and Martinsburg, resulting in a cut fiber line, the spokeswoman said.

The spokeswoman, who declined to give her name, would not provide additional details Sunday night.

"I know it affected a lot of customers," she said.

Virginia Reisenweber, a nursing supervisor at City Hospital in Martinsburg, said phone service went out at the hospital about 7:15 a.m. Sunday and was restored about 5:10 p.m.

The outage did not cause any major operational problems at the hospital, Reisenweber said.

The service outage was a "little awkward," but people at the hospital were able to get by using cell phones, Reisenweber said.

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A 911 dispatcher in Berkeley County said she had not received any calls Sunday about the outage.

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