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U S West Phone Service Blocked

October 12, 1998

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ More than 150,000 calls in two states were blocked Monday because of a glitch in a U S West computer.

Technicians isolated and were fixing the hardware problem, which began about 5 a.m. and sporadically affected telephone service. Service was expected to be restored by Monday night.

The problem, which disrupted local, long-distance and cellular phone calls, was isolated to Iowa and eastern Nebraska, U S West said. Emergency 911 service is run on a different switch and did not appear to be affected.

The interruption was not the biggest in the company’s history but was termed a major outage by U S West.

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