Service restored after cut fibre cable in northern B.C. leaves N.W.T., Yukon without internet

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About 2.5 hours into a widespread telecommunications outage, Northwestel says service has been restored to N.W.T., Yukon and northern B.C.

A fibre line cut in northern B.C., is affecting internet, TV and long-distance services in Yukon, N.W.T., and northern B.C.

Northwestel spokesperson Andrew Anderson told CBC News that the company was able to activate a secondary line, while workers continue repairs to the cut fibre line.

Earlier, Anderson said customers should expect service to be down for "up to several hours."

The internet went down around 11 a.m. MT. Outages have also been reported on Twitter in Fort Nelson, B.C., and High Level, Alta.

Earlier Friday, Northwestel confirmed to CBC News that customers in the Northwest Territories and Yukon are experiencing restraints on all internet and mobile telephone traffic.

There is limited access to internet via cellphones.

Nunavut is unaffected by the outage because it's on a separate satellite network, Anderson said.

N.W.T. RCMP said in a news release Friday that people can use a landline to make an emergency phone call to 911.

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