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Posted by Stephen Hardy

In case you missed it -- which means you don't live in Northern California -- someone (or more than one) apparently took a hacksaw to AT&T; and Sprint Nextel cables in four locations near San Jose and San Carlos early Thursday morning. The police are currently investigating, and no suspects or motives have been identified publicly.

"We didn't do it," the AP quoted Libby Sayre, area director for the California chapter of the Communications Workers of America, as saying. The union currently is in contract negotiations with AT&T.;

Service was restored in about 24 hours.

The affected cable ran in underground conduits about 10 feet below ground level, the AP reports.

AT&T; has upped its reward offer from $100,000 to $250,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved.

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Blogger TomD said...
The cutting and theft of copper cables in South Africa is so common that it does not even cause a raised eyebrow these days There is however a problem in that if a thief gets into a manhole and is faced with fiber cables, they cut them just for the hell of it even though they do not steal them.
Friday, May 1, 2009 1:56:00 AM EDT  

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Stephen Hardy is editorial director and associate publisher of Lightwave, which makes him responsible for the editorial aspects of the Lightwave franchise. A technology journalist since 1982, he once had his job duties described as "gets paid to tick off advertisers ".

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