Crew splicing fibre-optic cables
Vandals intentionally cut fiber optic cables early Thursday in San Jose, California, knocking out phones and access to 911 emergency services to thousands of residents in the region, local media reported.
The sabotage has caused a widespread phone service outage in southern Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties, the San Jose Mercury News said in a report posted on its website.
It appears somebody opened a manhole in south San Jose, climbed down and cut four or five fiber optic cables, John Britton, a spokesman for AT&T which owns the cables, was quoted as saying. There were also reports of underground cables being cut in San Carlos, although no phone disruptions seemed to be connected with that incident.
AT&T is offering a reward of $100,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for the sabotage.
The problem was first reported around 2 a.m. local time Thursday, the newspaper said. As of 2 p.m., one of the cables had been repaired and some service had been restored with full service expected to be restored in the evening.
Anarchist thugs drive me up a wall. At best, that’s who did this. Otherwise, it’s about the same mentality as graffiti vandalism. Spoiled, self-centered, egregious middle-class twerps incapable of public, collective struggle for whatever they believe in – this week.
Can you tell that 50 years of social activism never turned me into a pacifist?