Verizon Wireless still out across Northwest Colorado
October 31, 2011
Steamboat Springs — Verizon Wireless cell service went out across Northwest Colorado, including Steamboat Springs.
Verizon spokesman Bob Kelley said 32 of the company’s cell tower sites are affected. The outage was caused when a CenturyLink fiber line was cut in the Frisco/Dillon area this afternoon.
It appears the outage began sometime shortly after 2 p.m. Monday.
Locally, Routt County Clerk and Recorder Kay Weinland said that because her office uses Verizon as an internet service provider, they couldn’t access the statewide voter registration system this afternoon. That means inactive voters who stop in to pick up a mail ballot will have to either fill out a provisional ballot or wait until service is restored. As of 4 p.m. today, elections deputy Kim Bonner said only six or seven inactive voters had to be given provisional ballots.
Weinland said she’s working on finding a backup internet provider in the event Verizon service isn’t restored by Election Day on Tuesday.