The Fiber Felons? The Cable Crooks? The Manhole Mobsters? Whatever you want to call them, it’s looking more and more like an organized team carried out the fiber optic cable cutting we first discussed yesterday. To recap quickly, after the onset of a severe service outage in Northern California on Thursday, it was discovered that fiber belonging to AT&T had been intentionally severed. The result — landline, internet and cellular outages across the region. Now the plot thickens, as this doesn’t appear to be an isolated incident. Following Thursday’s findings, similar cuts have since been discovered in three additional manholes spanning two cities. That’s no accident. While service has been restored to the area, AT&T means business when it comes to bringing the culprits to justice; the $100,000 reward for information leading to convictions has been upped to $250,000. Many speculate this is the handiwork of some disgruntled ex-employees but so far any theories are just that. With the bounty now at $250k however, it might not be long before the solid leads begin to flow.

[Via Between the Lines]


Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than a decade, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.