Brief by Central Staff
Communications – July 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine
Much of Central Colorado and the San Luis Valley were disconnected from the rest of the world for five hours on the afternoon of May 31.
According to Qwest Communications, a construction worker cut a fiber-optic cable between Pueblo and Walsenburg. Long-distance and Internet service were lost in Salida and Buena Vista, and many areas in the San Luis Valley lost 911 emergency service as well. Most cellphones lost their long-distance connections, too, although service not related to Qwest or Verizon was not affected.