The Clay County Judge says AT&T wants to get the word out to contractors they could face penalties if they continue to cause phone outages and no calls were made to check for buried lines before digging.
This, after 911 service has been out five or six different times to as many as eight area counties in just the past few months.
Judge Kenneth Liggett says representatives from AT&T met with county judges from across the area met last week in Wichita Falls. He says the main message they brought was that in five out of six of the most recent outages contractors did not call 811 before they dug near the main trunk line so that AT&T could mark where the line was buried.
Judge Liggett says the problems involved several different companies and in the meeting, there was talk of trying to come up with a 911 backup system should the same problem happen again.
Liggett says AT&T plans to start an education program to all contractors about calling 811 before digging.
Judge Liggett mentioned State Representative Drew Springer said if necessary he’d go for legislation to make it tougher on contractors who don’t call 811 before digging.