Most cell phones and Internet services were not working for much of the business day Thursday.
That happened after a contractor damaged a fiber optic line in the Santa Fe area around 9:30 a.m., said Gary Younger, spokesman for Qwest Communications, the phone utility for much of New Mexico. Land lines weren’t affected.
Younger said Qwest crews immediately located the problem and started to make repairs to the line. He said cell phone towers are fed off off land lines.
He said the outage affected most of northern New Mexico, including Las Vegas, Raton and Taos.