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A general interruption of telecommunications services occurred yesterday afternoon in the MRC Pontiac. This is the 5th general failure in nine years, despite the MRC’s numerous complaints to Bell and the CRTC about the lack of redundancy of the telephone network in the Pontiac.
Warden Durocher is furious. “It is the security of citizens that is at stake; I understand that the installation of an emergency line is expensive, but how much is the life of a human being worth?”
Service providers have stepped up efforts to restore service as quickly as possible. However, in some areas, the failure persisted until the wee hours of the morning.
The incident occurred at approximately 12:45 pm yesterday near Highway 148 east of Fort-Coulonge. The citizens of the municipalities of Mansfield-et-Pontefract, Fort-Coulonge, Waltham, L’Isle-aux-Allumettes, Chichester, Sheenboro, and also Pembroke, Ontario were affected by the outage.
MRC Pontiac Public and Civil Safety Coordinator, Julien Gagnon, immediately alerted the fire departments of each municipality. According to Mr. Gagnon, “the operational frequency in connection with the fire dispatch service centre located in the MRC des Collines was not affected.”
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