MRC PONTIAC & PONTIAC – Once again, October 19, a Bell network breakdown caused serious concern throughout the region when a damaged cable disrupted Internet and telephone services in several areas of the Pontiac. Bell technicians investigated the cause of the problem which, according to technical jargon, was described as “intercentral” breakdown. As of press time, no additional details were available.
The outage, which lasted for several hours started at 2:30 pm on Thursday and forced municipalities to broadcast emergency messages to the public via CHIP 101.9. In Mansfield, councillor Gilles Dionne asked the public to take necessary measures in the event of a fire or other incidents putting citizens’ lives in danger. For emergencies, municipalities asked residents to go to the fire station closest to their home.
After another major outage on September 19, the MRC Pontiac issued a press release denouncing the situation when the entire area left without communication
systems. According to the MRC, the October 19 outage was the sixth general blackout in nine years and they reinterated that it is an event that directly puts the safety of Pontiac residents in danger.