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2016-01-28

Third outage hits county

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

For a third time in as many weeks, an AT&T power outage has disrupted communications and business throughout Bandera County and the Hill Country.
As usual, there has been a dearth of information about the outage. However, according to Bandera County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Matt King, the latest SNAFU occurred when subcontrators hired by the telecommunications giant sliced through fiber optics cables while attempting to install new cables.
"This happened in Pipe Creek just about a quarter of a mile down the road from where the first incident occurred," King said in a Tuesday, Jan. 26, interview. The outage occurred during the early afternoon Monday, Jan. 25.
Although the outage prevented 9-1-1 calls from reaching emergency telecommunication operators at the sheriff's office, King said firemen were contacted immediately and asked to report to their stationhouses to assist Bandera County residents with emergency situations.
And, as before, the outage was amazingly spotty. "Some people could talk to each other in town, but not to anyone in Pipe Creek," King said. "People in Pipe Creek could communicate with Lakehills but not Bandera."
Meanwhile, residents are likely to experience more such power outages before AT&T administrators get a handle on the scope of the problem - and their subcontractors.