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Utility Regulators Request Investigation into Delayed Storm Repairs
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State utility regulators are being asked to include phone giant AT&T in their investigation of damage caused by this week’s major storm. As WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports, a union leader believes repairs were delayed because of out-of-state contractors.

The state Department of Public Utility Control is conducting an investigation ordered by Governor Jodi Rell into how the electric utilities handled repairs following the powerful wind and rain storm. The department has so far received more than 30 complaints about the utilities. Thousands of homes remain without power although CL&P and UI say they hope to have power restored to most areas.

But Bill Henderson, president of the Communications Workers of America Local 1298 says phone giant AT&T should also be under scrutiny because the company brought in tracks from Ohio to fix downed poles, when crews from Connecticut were already available. He says that caused delays to the restoration of phone service. That account is disputed by AT&T which says its Connecticut crews were fully utilized, and the crews brought in from Ohio were bringing in equipment not available within the state. AT&T says it has replaced more than 100 utility poles so far.

For WNPR, I'm Harriet Jones.