CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming regulators said they will investigate problems with 911 calls in their state during CenturyLink’s nationwide internet outage last week.
Wyoming Public Service Commission wants to know more about failures in a system that tells dispatchers the phone number and location of incoming 911 calls, senior counsel Chris Petrie said Monday.
“Imagine that you’ve had a heart attack and you drag yourself to the phone, call and pass out,” Petrie told the Wyoming Tribune Eagle. “The dispatch would know who is calling and where from without you telling them.”
Dispatchers in Laramie and Sweetwater counties had problems with the system.
Cheyenne Mayor Marian Orr called the internet outage unacceptable and said she was looking forward to the investigation. She also criticized CenturyLink for not contacting local officials when the outage started.
CenturyLink spokeswoman Kristin Lee said the company contacted municipal governments when service was restored. Orr said that wasn’t sufficient and that she should have heard directly from the company as soon as trouble started.
Lee said CenturyLink welcomes the Wyoming investigation.