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911 failures in D.C. region found over past 2 years

Sunday - 12/2/2012, 4:59pm  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Washington region's 911 emergency network has suffered widespread failures over the past two years according to a new analysis.

The Washington Post reports that the failures started long before the June derecho storm, in which the company acknowledged widespread failures of backup systems.

Records and interview show there have been at least 11 outages since July 2010 in Maryland and Virginia. In some cases, callers received busy signals. Some outages blocked all calls in a particular area. And others restricted the number of calls, or did not provide location information or call-back numbers.

The company has said drained batteries, faulty generators and a failure to fully explore the problem contributed to restoration delays in June. Verizon says it is auditing backup power systems throughout the region.

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Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com


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