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Fiber-Optic Cable Saboteurs Still at Large

It’s been one year since a massive phone and Internet outage struck Silicon Valley, sending communications back to the Stone Age — and police seem to be no closer to finding the saboteurs responsible.

Both Verizon and AT&T customers – landline and mobile – were hit hard by the vandals, who cut underground fiber-optic cables. And getting online was just a dream.

San Jose police offered a $250,000 reward to anyone who could help put the culprits behind bars, but to this point, there have been no real leads. One community spokesperson told the San Jose Mercury News that they don’t expect anyone will ever be prosecuted for the crime.

As more fiber-optic cables are laid, communications companies and local communities are becoming increasingly vulnerable to vandals. Replacing the cables can be expensive – not to mention a major hassle – hence the hefty reward.


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