FL: Mystery glitch fells long-distance

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A Verizon computer glitch shut down long-distance telephone service for more than 10 hours Saturday, reminding Tampa Bay and the surrounding area that in an age of technology, telephone lines aren't just for conversations anymore.

Businesses couldn't accept credit cards. No one could use a toll-free number to reserve airline tickets or check bank account balances. Residents who take advantage of weekend rates to call relatives couldn't complete their calls, and the relatives couldn't call into the six county Verizon service area: Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota.

-- spider (spider@web.com), July 01, 2001


St. Petersburg Times

-- spider (spider@web.com), July 01, 2001.

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