A fiber line cut accidentally during the County Road 1 construction project has caused Jaguar Communications internet and phone lines to go down.
According to Northfield City Administrator Ben Martig, all city communications were down starting late afternoon Wednesday. City services, including the liquor store, are affected. Police Chief Monte Nelson said emergency dispatch has not been affected.
Martig said city staff spoke with Jaguar representatives, who confirmed new fiber line would need to be installed over about a half-mile distance.
City staff were told that Jaguar internet and phone lines would likely be down until 10 p.m. or later Wednesday, potentially affecting Northfield and Dundas customers.
Jaguar provides fiber optic services, meaning it buries a network of hair-thin strands of glass underground to provide internet and phone capabilities to residences and businesses. The County Road 1 reconstruction requires the existing road to be cut out, and the fiber line was reportedly cut inadvertently during that process.
Jaguar representatives declined to comment for this story.
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