Friday, August 8, 2014

Cable work prompted by computer problems

Internet and phone provider CenturyLink is footing the bill

Express Staff Writer

    Emergency cable work in Ketchum that began Wednesday, Aug. 6, was prompted by computer problems within the Ketchum Fire Department, according to the city’s public relations representative, Jo Murray.
    The installation could affect traffic on stretches of road from City Hall to state Highway 75 to 10th Street and Warm Springs Road in the light-industrial area, according to the city.
    Murray said the city has been planning a cable replacement project for some time, but the increasing problems with Fire Department technologies required fast-tracking. She said there is evidence that the city hasn’t replaced phone lines in the City Hall building since the structure was built in the 1970s.
    “Rather than continue to patch an older system, it makes sense to go ahead and install a new cable,” Mayor Nina Jonas said in a press release.
    CenturyLink is paying for the underground installation of the new cable, which separates the police and fire department lines from the city administration line, Murray said. This will prevent overburdening on future city communications.
    Despite the glitches, Murray said the Fire Department’s hotline hasn’t been compromised.
    “There have been no emergency calls missed so far,” she said.
    Work was slated to end in the evening on Thursday, but the city has asked that residents be prepared for the possibility of continued construction today, Aug. 8.

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