Vandalism Likely In Big South Bay Phone Outage [Was: Re: Outside plant protection, fiber cuts, interwebz down oh noes!]

Paul Ferguson fergdawgster at
Thu Apr 9 20:42:04 CDT 2009

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SAN JOSE (CBS 5 / KCBS / AP / BCN) -- Vandals severed multiple fiber optic
cables on Thursday, leaving thousands of people in Santa Clara, Santa Cruz
and San Benito counties without cell phone, Internet and landline service,
police said.

Crews were making repairs, but estimated that it would likely be sometime
Thursday night before all service was restored. The outage which began
about 2 a.m. affected both landlines and cellular phones for various AT&T,
Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile customers.

San Jose Police Sgt. Ronnie Lopez, when asked whether the severed fiber
optic cables were the work of vandals, said, "that's a pretty good

No arrests had yet been made, but police joined repair crews at the scene
of the first four severed cables -- located ten feet down a manhole on
Monterey Highway, north of Blossom Hill Road in San Jose.

Authorities also found two other locations where fiber optic cables were
similarly cut -- near Hayes Avenue and Cottle Road in San Jose, and in the
1700 block of Old County Road in San Carlos.

Officials said the incidents were related and the police indicated all
three locations were being treated as crime scenes. The FBI said while the
sabotage acts were criminal, there was no evidence of terrorrism.



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