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Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Frontier working round the clock to restore service to Redmond area after major outage

For the past few days, many homes and busi­ness­es in the greater Red­mond area have been with­out phone, Inter­net, and tele­vi­sion ser­vice after a con­struc­tion crew work­ing on a stormwa­ter treat­ment project sliced through fiber and cop­per lines belong­ing to Fron­tier Com­mu­ni­ca­tions when they dug in the wrong place. The dam­age caused was appraised by Fron­tier tech­ni­cians to be very bad, and ever since Sat­ur­day morn­ing, they’ve been work­ing round the clock on a fix.

Ser­vice in many parts of Red­mond and beyond have been restored, but there are still places where the out­age con­tin­ues, includ­ing the Think­space cowork­ing com­mu­ni­ty in down­town Red­mond, which NPI belongs to.

Fron­tier, at the urg­ing of NPI and oth­er cus­tomers, has set up a por­tal to pro­vide infor­ma­tion about the out­age and the sta­tus of repairs. Addi­tion­al­ly, Fron­tier is host­ing a com­mu­ni­ty meet­ing to share infor­ma­tion with its cus­tomers:

Fron­tier Ser­vices were impact­ed in Red­mond, WA begin­ning Sat­ur­day, 920 when an out­side con­struc­tion crew cut through fiber and cop­per cables at 15802 Bear Creek Park­way, at the cor­ner of Bear Creek Park­way and Red­mond Way.  Fron­tier crews were onsite through­out the week­end [and] are work­ing around the clock to restore ser­vices.

Full 911 voice ser­vices were restored by Sun­day morn­ing, and all FiOS ser­vices were restored 924.

Fron­tier will be host­ing a com­mu­ni­ty meet­ing today at 6:30 PM in the Audi­to­ri­um of the Red­mond Com­mu­ni­ty Cen­ter locat­ed at 16600 NE 80th Street Red­mond, WA. There is an infor­mal Q&A from 3:30 to 6:30 PM, with the for­mal pre­sen­ta­tion start­ing at 6:30 PM.

Fron­tier announced a short time ago that it has restored FiOS ser­vice to all affect­ed cus­tomers. FiOS is Fron­tier’s pre­mier fiber to the premis­es (FTTP) offer­ing, inher­it­ed from Ver­i­zon, which offers much faster speeds than DSL.

Crews work to repair damage to Frontier's lines in Redmond

Crews have been work­ing around the clock to repair dam­age to Fron­tier’s net­work in down­town Red­mond. Red­mond Way was ripped open the night of Sep­tem­ber 20th to speed the effort along. (Pho­to: Andrew Villeneuve/NPI)

The repairs nec­es­sary to bring Fron­tier’s net­work back online have affect­ed the city’s stormwa­ter treat­ment project. The city announced yes­ter­day that the work pre­vi­ous­ly sched­uled to take place this week­end had been can­celed:

As the City of Red­mond con­tin­ues to work with Fron­tier to restore ser­vice, the clo­sure of Red­mond Way pre­vi­ous­ly sched­uled for this week­end, Sep. 26–29 will not take place until a lat­er date, but sig­nif­i­cant week­day impacts through Sep. 29 will con­tin­ue.

Con­struc­tion of the Red­mond Way Stormwa­ter Treat­ment Facil­i­ty project is under­way with pipe instal­la­tion and pave­ment repair. Vis­it www.redmond.gov and reg­is­ter to receive traf­fic alerts.

Detour sig­nage is in place direct­ing motorist to alter­nate routes. Access to local busi­ness­es and res­i­dents will be main­tained.

Con­struc­tion is weath­er depen­dent and clo­sures or evening work may extend beyond cur­rent clo­sure notices. Pub­lic noti­fi­ca­tions will be updat­ed if changes occur.

Accord­ing to Fron­tier, the pro­longed down­time stemmed from the nature of the dam­age to its lines. From what we’ve heard, the fiber and cop­per cables weren’t just cut, they were pulled and ripped up, caus­ing dam­age to the lines in oth­er places. No won­der the repair job is tak­ing a long time.

We’d still like to see Fron­tier reach out to its affect­ed cus­tomers by email, which they haven’t done. Post­ing noti­fi­ca­tions on Twit­ter and redmond.gov isn’t enough. Fron­tier needs to be more proac­tive in man­ag­ing this cri­sis, even though they did­n’t cause it. The City, mean­while, needs to under­take a full inves­ti­ga­tion to find out how this hap­pened and how we can pre­vent it from occur­ring again.

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One Comment

  1. We still have no inter­net. I don’t know how Fron­tier made the con­clu­sion that FIOS has been restored for all affect­ed cus­tomers.

    # by Ping :: September 24th, 2014 at 11:08 PM