AT&T Offers $250K Reward for Info on Cable Saboteur

Someone cut phone service to much of Gilroy and Santa Cruz County on Wednesday, and AT&T is serious about finding the criminal.

Following Tuesday morning's act of sabotage that cut phone and Internet service in much of Gilroy and Santa Cruz County, AT&T announced a $250,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible. 

"Following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, AT&T’s networks were declared National Critical Infrastructures in recognition of their importance to the nation’s security," AT&T announced in a press release. "Anyone who tampers with, destroys or disrupts the company’s network or its components is in violation of federal and state laws. AT&T is assisting law enforcement to identify and prosecute those responsible."

The vandalism, which happened just after 1 a.m. on April 16, involved cut fiber optic cables in a manhole in San Jose. 

Repair time estimates have been pushed back continually. Most recently, AT&T said phones and Internet would be back up and running by Wednesday morning. 

Anyone with information on the vandal can give tips to AT&T at 800-807-4205.

Phil Cooper April 17, 2013 at 02:47 PM
AT&T should consider adding sensors to every fiber optic cable vault access to detect when a cover is opened and start streaming video to a monitoring facility. By starting the video only after a vault has been entered, bandwidth requirements could be very modest. It would be expensive, but probably worth it in the long run to apprehend perpetrators and stop this sort of sabotage.
Bill Habing April 18, 2013 at 01:06 AM
Or may be turn the TV off and teach our children the truth about competition, leverage, and even respect, and the common good......you know?
Bill Habing April 18, 2013 at 01:07 AM
BTW, who is the victim?
Mark Zappa April 19, 2013 at 02:15 AM
My business was seriously harmed. What kind of question is that Bill?????
Jane April 19, 2013 at 02:41 PM
Bill, In the event of a national disaster, terrorist attack, or local emergency, people need their phones and televisions to receive information. You sir, are an idiot.


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