Telephone Service Restored
Portsmouth, Ohio, telephones were restored to service on December 16, 1956, after 61 days of silence. It was estimated that 4,500 of the 17,000 telephones on the automatic exchange were in operating condition. The remainder were still out of service due to cut cables and weather damage.
The residents of Portsmouth and Scioto County have been without telephone service as a result of a strike by the Communication Workers of America-CIO against the Ohio Consolidated Telephone Co. Major emergency facilities, including the fire department phones, were among those returned.