A cut fiber optic cable caused an outage for Verizon Wireless in southern Michigan Wednesday afternoon. Hillsdale stu­dents reported being without cel­lular service. Wiki­media Commons

A cut fiber optic cable caused an outage in mid-Michigan on Wednesday, affecting large areas of Michigan, including Hillsdale.

Outages are con­cen­trated in Lansing and East Lansing, according to an outage map from Verizon, although it is also affecting Jackson in high numbers. Stu­dents in Hillsdale also reported issues.

Sophomore John Arnold said that although his phone service is out, he can still use Snapchat and iMessage over the college’s WiFi. He orig­i­nally noticed his service was out after he heard other people talking about the outage.

“I heard two other people say their phone wasn’t working, so I checked,” Arnold said.

There is no report yet if the outage has affected college oper­a­tions. A local Verizon store could not be reached for comment.