An accident early Monday morning at Round Valley School involving a delivery truck has been cited as the reason why the major fiber optic line to Mono County was taken down, subsequently blacking out Verizon land line, cellular and internet service throughout the day on Monday.
Reports from the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department indicated that a delivery truck stopped at Round Valley School on Monday morning, and pulled in as normal. According to the ICSD, something was already broken on one of the phone line poles, causing the line to sag. At some point, the delivery truck snagged the sagging line and pulled the cable down. Reports are that Verizon service is out from the Owens Valley Conservation Camp through Mono County.
The Inyo Sheriff’s Department said it is taking Mono County 911 calls, and will relay any calls taken to Mono authorities so they can respond.
Unconfirmed reports suggested it would not be until later in the day Tuesday before repairs were complete.
Suddenlink Internet and related services, as well as AT&T cellular and related services appeared to be unaffected.