Nikolski phones offline more than a month, awaiting parts

The Aleutian Islands village of Nikolski has not had phone service since early November. ACS provides service to the island. ACS Communications Director Paula Dobbyn says the problem started with a blown switch on a phone system tailored for a small, isolated community. Only about 40 towns use the same type of switch, requiring special parts manufacturing. A technician is trying to get to Nikolski to repair the problem but is stuck in Unalaska with weather delays.

Anne Hillman, KUCB – Unalaska

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