Phone Service Disrupted in Washington County Due to Copper Wire Theft

About 3,000 Windstream Communications phone and broadband customers in Washington County were left without service for much of Wednesday after thieves cut lines and fiber optic cables to steal copper wiring.

Customers in the Fredericktown and Richeyville areas lost service between 2 and 3 a.m., Windstream spokeswoman Erin Ascione said. Repair crews made their way to a rural area of Greene County Hill before dawn to begin making repairs, she said.

Repairs were completed shortly after 5 p.m., Ascione said. Windstream, based in Little Rock provides rural phone service to communities in 16 states.

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