- Associated Press - Friday, April 3, 2015

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) - Telephone and Internet service have been restored near Gallup after a truck driver hit an above-ground fiber-optic cable.

CenturyLink spokeswoman Sara Spaulding says all customers were receiving service by 5 p.m. Service was disrupted at about 9 a.m., and technicians were dispatched to splice and repair the cable.

The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission said the outage affected an unknown number of customers of Gallup-based Sacred Wind Communications, which notified the commission of the problem.

The outage affected cellphones and Internet service as well.

The issue of fiber-optic cable in isolated areas has received new attention in the last month, ever since vandals sliced an underground cable north of Phoenix in February, causing phone and Internet outages across Arizona.

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