Frontier: Outage or Outrage?
If you live in downtown Redmond, this week you’re all-too-familiar with “closed” or “cash only signs.”
Saturday, September 20th, was the first day of what has been a massive Internet, Phone, and TV outage. How did this happen? Frontier Communications has reported the following initial cause: IMCO Construction ripped up 1000’s of feet of fiber and copper cable near the street at Bear Creek Parkway and Redmond Way.
Now, on day 7 of this outage, many are still experiencing outages.
My own family household experienced a mere 2-day outage, which meant having to pay cash for our traditional weekend Zaw pizza and relocating to watch the Husky and Seahawks game last weekend. Annoying at most, but nowhere near the level of frustration others in downtown Redmond are facing. Redmond businesses are facing an impact on an entirely different scale. Businesses have lost phone services, directly affecting their computer and credit card access. Because of this, many businesses have closed or scaled down their work hours. On top of that, some businesses continue to pay employees despite closures. Which boils down to businesses losing money.
This outage has had a negative impact at thinkspace, as well. As a company that provides professional phone answering services, Peter Chee (CEO of thinkspace) posted earlier:
“My company has 200 DID’s (phone numbers) and we are answering phones for many small businesses and startups. It’s impacting our ability to take phone calls from prospective customers and provide customer support for our existing customers. It’s very disturbing that Frontier’s engineering team is unable to temporarily move us off a PRI (copper) onto fiber (FIOS).”
Chee and Sami Dyer (Customer Experience Manager) have been providing the community at thinkspace with multiple daily updates on their outage. Unlike Frontier Communications. Many customers have tweeted, posted, and commented how the outage is causing an outrage because of Frontier Communications’ unnecessary lack of communication.
On day 5 of the outage, Chee and Dyer both attended a community meeting run by Frontier at the Redmond Community Center. During the meeting, Chee challenged Frontier by asking the following question on behalf of small business in Redmond: “What will be done to take care of businesses that have lost money?” To which the Frontier representative replied: “I don’t understand what you all mean by losing business but I don’t have an answer for you.” What an OUTRAGEous response.
The last word from Frontier – which like local business revenue has been severely limited – was that they expect another 72 hours until all is repaired. Which would tally 10 days for this outage.
One Facebook user brings up an interesting perspective and comments: “The City as a whole has bitten off way more than they could handle by allowing all the construction to go this way. It’s ridiculous. Too many apartment boxes at once and too many streets torn up. And who monitored the construction companies with the utilities locates? Grade F goes everywhere on this goat rodeo.”
What are your thoughts on this “goat rodeo?” Is this an outage or an outrage? How have you been affected?