- Associated Press - Thursday, February 12, 2015

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - Phone, cell and Internet service has been restored on Hawaii’s Big Island after a tear in a cable line prompted a widespread communications outage.

West Hawaii Today (https://is.gd/NfJcsD) reports the Hawaiian Telecom outage occurred about 1 p.m. Wednesday. Service was restored by 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Hawaiian Telecom says a section of the 36-strand fiber cable was snagged and severed by a contractor hauling a grader.

The fiber break was discovered on Mamalahoa Highway near the Daniel K. Inouye Highway intersection.

Service was knocked out temporarily for about 20,000 phone customers and 5,500 Internet users in the outage that stretched between Waikoloa and Pahala.

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Information from: West Hawaii Today, https://www.westhawaiitoday.com

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