Green County Emergency Services Keep Functioning Despite Verizon - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |

News

Green County Emergency Services Keep Functioning Despite Verizon Outage

Posted: Updated:
TULSA, Oklahoma -

After thousands of Verizon customers were left with no way to call, text or access the internet most of the day, crews finally restored service Wednesday afternoon.

The outage started around 7:00 a.m., and while it was mainly an annoyance for some, certain elements of emergency services across Green Country were impacted.

6/13/2018 Related Story: Verizon Service Restored To Tulsa Emergency Services, Cell Users

"The citizens will not realize we are having any sort of Verizon issue at all," said Office Shane Tuell with the Tulsa Police Department.

Tuell said officers were in the same boat as many people waking up Wednesday morning - all the phones issued to officers from the City are Verizon as well.

“We are still able to function, just not in an advanced technological age right now, because Verizon has been interrupted,” Tuell said.

Police heavily rely on and continued to do so Wednesday, their Motorola radios.

“This is how we get our calls and tell dispatch where we’re at, and check out on the radio when we’re stopping cars,” Tuell said.

Body cameras could still record, but, the laptops inside the police cruisers are on Wi-Fi through Verizon and went down for most of the day, so they went back in time a decade or so.

"Back in the late ‘90s, we would just write on a notepad and any info we got would just go on that pad,” Tuell said. “The younger guys we've hired are going to have to know the trials and tribulations of an older officer."

EMSA also said the work issued phones were down, but, like police, they rely on radio transmission as well and it had no impact on calls or call times.

Area hospitals also said there were no impacts on patients because of the Verizon outage.

The company said, "It was caused by the rare occurrence of two separate fiber cuts on different lines, impacting the redundancy built into our network. Engineers were able to resolve the issue and service was restored by 2 p.m."

Special Features

Live Traffic

Get the latest road conditions on Green Country roadways.

iPhone App

Get breaking news, weather, sports & video directly on your iPhone.

CBS Shows

Watch your favorite CBS shows for free online.

Links

Looking for a website or event you heard mentioned on News On 6? Find it here!

TV Schedule

Need to know what's on TV? Check out our television schedule.

Live Radar

WARN Interactive

Special Coverage

  • Bridge Tracker

    How safe are Oklahoma's bridges? Use Bridge Tracker to find out now.

  • Fallen Heroes

    News On 6 honors our fallen Oklahoma heroes. View our interactive timeline.

  • Murrah Bombing Timeline

    Learn more about the events leading up to and following the bombing.

  • Storm Zone

    Watch tornadoes tear across Oklahoma and learn how to stay safe!

Powered by Frankly
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
Newson6.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOTV. Oklahoma Traveler™ is a registered trademark of Griffin Communications. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.