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Verizon Wireless is back online

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

*Jacksonville Fire-Police

*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.

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