(10/24/12) - If you tried to make a phone call earlier Wednesday, you might not have been able to.
Phone service around Mid-Michigan was interrupted in many locations. It has now been restored to all customers affected by the outages.
The problem was first noticed at about 9 Wednesday morning. It affected several businesses and schools in Mid-Michigan that use land lines.
All Genesee County public school districts that use the 591 exchange were affected, including the GISD.
Birch Runs schools said on their website there were phone problems there. So did Midland Public School and Lapeer Community Schools.
Calls couldn't go in or out here at ABC12, Flint City Hall and the Genesee County Courthouse.
However, Genesee County 911 says service there was not affected. Genesee County 911 was receiving emergency calls.
Saginaw County 911 remained up and running and was not affected.
The Michigan State Police headquarters in Lansing says it heard of phone problems around a large portion of the state.
Mobile phone service has was not affected and we have not heard of interruptions to Internet service.
We have learned the problem originated with phone line providers called Paetec and Windstream.
According to Windstream, there were two issues: Fiber cable cuts in Indiana and Wisconsin, and a computer card failure in Indiana. Michigan, Indiana and Wisconsin all reported outages.
ABC12 Main Station