Skip to comments.Thousands Cut Off From Phone Service (Vandals sever fiber-optic cable)
Posted on 04/09/2009 11:21:13 AM PDT by GSWarrior
Vandals cut an AT&T fiber-optic cable in San Jose early this morning, knocking out landline and cellular phone service and the Internet to thousands of residential customers and businesses in Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties, authorities said.
Police used yellow tape to cordon off the area, which is near railroad tracks, as investigators and phone company workers descended into an underground vault where the cable is located.
"We're treating this as a crime scene," Lopez said.
The outage is affecting 911 service, meaning people who have an emergency will have to get to a police or fire station or hospital on their own if they need help.
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someone stole the copper and stuff from a hotel being renovated into apartments in Dallas the other day. It also got flooded apparently, they took the pipes while the water was on?
Next it will be the Visigoths bringing down the internet.
what do they have in their wallets?
Prices started coming back up on copper, for the last few months it hasn't been worth enough to most people to risk stealing for.
A vandal cuts a line and thousands are without phone service. What would a nuclear device exploded in the atmosphere do?
This is only a test. If this had been an actual attack, you’d be hosed.
Because regens are usually 35-45 miles apart for long distance fiber optics, a single atmo popped nuke wouldn't affect those regens if in the center of the fiber optic span.
Land lines and internet seem to be okay here in Aptos. But business in the county is virtually shut down.
I would gladly contribute to a reward to see these low lifes prosecuted to the max.
We need to make a law that keeps the price of copper low so these things don’t happen. >S<
Seriously, my son’s boss told him that if he didn’t call for a locate and he cut the phone cable, to just get off the machinery because it would belong to the phone company as would everything the company had.
We accidently cut a phone cable and they wanted to charge us a couple thousand dollars a minute that it was down but they had their cable on our private property and it was supposed to be and documented to be in the right of way and it was too shallow, to boot.
Read "One Second After" by Newt's buddy William R. Forstchen. It's terribly written but has the general description of the aftermath of such an event.
I was putting in anchors for overhead cable lines and ran one though the line.
The location was correct for what was on the map I was contracted to work from. The cable company's ins paid dearly for that.
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The jihadis are watching and seeing our vulnerabilities.
Just heard an interesting update. Apparently AT&T workers are planning a strike.
Kinda makes ya go “hmmmmmmmmmmmm......”
Are you logged on?
What happens if someone gets the wrong order at a fast food place?
They laid mine down in the same trench when they ran my power line along my driveway (3/4 mile). Last summer a bolt of lightning hit the ground directly over where they laid it. The power line was protected and blew the fuses on the transformer box, so that was fine, but the phone line took a direct hit through 2’ of dirt and melted the line along the entire length of buried cable. They sent a trencher team out to replace it and they only went about 6” deep. I know it’s only a matter of time before I hit the stupid thing.
It could have been the Visigoths, instead of the Vandals... :-)
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