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By Katie Worth

HAGATNA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, June 18) - Guam's police
department, fire department and public health agency were some of 10 government
agencies that had their phone service cut yesterday for nonpayment.

Guam Telephone Authority, however, is working out a deal with
the Department of Administration to swap bills, and the lines may be on again as
early as today, according to Gov. Felix Camacho's spokesman John Dela Rosa.

Dela Rosa said the telephone agency owes the Department of
Administration upward of $500,000 for fuel and other services, and the two
agencies are working on an agreement in which some of that debt is alleviated in
exchange for relieving the other agencies of their telephone debts.

In the meantime, GTA spokesman Sam Hill said telephone lines
directly affecting public safety and emergency response needs will remain in
service. Hill said an agency's administrative phone lines are the first to be

Of the 10 agencies cut yesterday, the Guam Fire Department owes
the most, having accrued a total of $168,648.73 after 60 days in arrears.

Hill also said the telephone agency solved equipment problems
yesterday morning caused by power problems at its Tiyan exchange facility.

"(Guam Power Authority) had power difficulties up there for
the last week or so, and as a result of the fluctuations and spikes in power ...
we had damaged equipment," Hill said. "It's back up now."

June 18, 2003

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