Sprint Fiber Cuts Ground Alaska Airlines, Silence Thousands of Voice, Data Customers

Two cuts to Sprint Nextel’s fiber network have knocked out voice and data customers’ services in Minnesota, Oregon and Washington, and grounded some Alaska Airlines passengers.

Sprint said the cuts happened in the Pacific Northwest and in the Midwest. The one between Chicago and Milwaukee happened during maintenance work on a railroad track, Sprint told Reuters. The other, between Tacoma, Wash., and Portland, Ore., is being investigated as sabotage.

As a result, untold numbers of Alaska Airlines passengers aren’t getting far today. The company uses Sprint for its reservations and check-in systems.

Sprint aims to have everything back up and running by 5 p.m. Pacific.

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