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What's significant is that the outage covers both landlines and cellular service, meaning that some residents will be completely cut off. That means that 911 emergency services may not be accessible to some, and residents will need to drive themselves to a hospital or a police or fire station if they have an emergency, officials told The San Francisco Chronicle.
The scope of the problem was not known at press time, and AT&T did not seem to know when the issue would be repaired. "Re: CA service outage: We have crews on the scene. More details and repair ETAs will be shared as soon as available," AT&T tweeted via its Twitter feed.
Later on Thursday, AT&T said that it was working with authorities on what it characterized as an act of vandalism. Four cables were cut on Monterey Highway north of Blossom Hill Road in south San Jose, police Sgt. Ronnie Lopez told SFGate.com, and two more were severed in San Carlos.
Originally posted by Wolfpack 51
Does anyone know of something in that area that this type of activity would support the theft of?
I suspect that it might be the case in the US. Copper fetches a very good scrap price and times are hard.
Originally posted by LordBaskettIV
Yeah, but they described it as vandalism, and not theft. The USA has lots of copper theft and it is always talked about outright if thats the case. It was maybe smashed or beaten apart...I think if the lines were cut it would be called terrorism or something worse.
Authorities hope a quarter-million-dollar reward will shake loose a tipster to lead them to the vandals who severed underground fiber-optic cables, cutting off phone service for tens of thousands of people and disrupting life throughout southern Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties.
I have nary a clue. I admit my ignorance of undergrowd cabling. Its possible that it could have been someone stealing and cut the wrong wires and booked, but there are easier targets to do this IMHO.
The vandalism comes as AT&T is in talks with the Communications Workers of America for a contract covering more than 80,000 employees, who have been working under their old deal since it expired at 11:59 p.m. Saturday. Union members voted in late March to authorize a strike but have not scheduled one.
Candice Johnson, spokeswoman for the CWA, said union members were not involved in the incidents.
Originally posted by ANNED
Sounds like the war against the government has began.