By Erin Smith
The issue that was causing Verizon Wireless users to be unable to call 911 in Bladen County and surrounding counties has been resolved, according to Bladen County Emergency Management Director Bradley Kinlaw.
The service was reported to have come back up in Bladen County a little before 3 p.m. Verizon Wirelesses customers had reported having difficulty calling 911. There has been no word on what exactly caused the outage but a line was reported to be down.
Other counties that were affected by the outage included:
*Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Communications
*Harnett County Sheriffs Communications
*Hoke County Emergency Communications
*Moore County Public Safety
*Onslow County E9-1-1 Communications
*Camp LeJeune 9-1-1 Center
*Sampson County 9-1-1 Center
*Holly Springs Police Department
*Duplin County Communications
*Fayetteville City Communications
*Integrated Incident Management Center-Ft Bragg
*Cumberland County Emergency Services
*Sanford Police-Fire-EMS Communications
Verizon Wireless was fined by the Federal Communications Commission in March 2015 for a six-hour outage of the 911 service. The company was ordered to pay $3.4 million in fines in that incident.