A cable repair shop technician stands next to a telegraph pole at the Telex Cable Service Center in Annapolis, Md.
| AP Photo Cable service provider Telex has temporarily stopped the installation of new lines in Maryland, and it is investigating the cause of a glitch that caused one of its telegraph poles to crack on Wednesday.
The company said in a statement that it is looking into the problem.
The problem affected some telegraph lines that connect with Telex’s Maryland-based distribution center.
A technician works on a telegram pole at a Telex cable service center in Ann Arbor, Mich.
| Getty Images The telegraph service center was built in 1883 and was a main hub for telegraph communications in the United States, and is one of the oldest telegraph companies in the world.
Telex began service in the mid-1890s.
“The telegram line in Maryland was installed in 1885, and we had telegraph communication with Maryland in the late 1800s and early 1900s, before the telegram was invented,” said Steve Buehl, a Textel spokesman.
The outage is affecting some of the biggest customers in the state.
The Telex customer who experienced the outage said he is “very, very grateful” for the work he did.
“I am just so glad to have this service now, I really appreciate the fact that it’s fixed,” the man said.
“I am very grateful.
I feel like I am getting a second chance.”
Telex spokesman Steve Buesh said the company is working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.
After Telex suspended its service in Maryland for at least an hour, customers were able to use other telegraph services to communicate.
But the telegrapher in the Baltimore area, who has no control over the telex lines, said the tequestechs have stopped working and no service is expected in the area.
The outage came just weeks after a string of other telegram problems across the United State, including a number of telegraph stations and a telex line in Washington, D.C.