MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - An unknown number of FairPoint Communications customers in northern New England are unable to rely on their Internet or voicemail, due to a power outage outside the company's offices in Manchester, N.H.
Jim Porter of the Vermont Department of Public Service tells The Associated Press the Monday afternoon outage caused a power surge that blew out a power panel at the FairPoint office before the system could be switched to a backup generator.
FairPoint spokewoman Sabina Haskell says Internet and voice mail are affected in parts of Maine and Vermont.
Among the consumers affected: the state of Vermont. Porter says he's been unable to get any voicemails on his office phone since the outage hit.
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