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05/10/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Telephone, Internet Outage Hits Silicon Valley

A massive telephone outage in Northern California is affecting parts of the state's Silicon Valley, home to many high-tech companies. The San Jose Mercury News reported telephone and Internet outages for Verizon customers in Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties. Police said a number of AT&T fiber-optic cables were deliberately severed, causing a loss of telephone and Internet service in San Jose and other communities. 2

Update 12:34 p.m. PDT: This story has been updated with information about what caused the massive phone and Internet outage in Silicon Valley on Thursday. Vandals are to blame for the massive phone and Internet outage in Silicon Valley on Thursday, according to a report published by the San Francisco Chronicle and carried on SFGate.com. Police told the newspaper that four AT&T fiber-optic cables were severed shortly before 1:30 a.m. PDT along Monterey Highway north of Blossom Hill Road in South San Jose. A cable in San Carlos owned by Sprint Nextel was also cut about two hours later, the article said. "We are aware of a cable cut situation impacting services in Santa Clara and San Jose (Calif.) areas," a company spokesman said an e-mail. 1
  1. Vandals Blamed for Phone and Internet Outage (cnet)
  2. Telephone, Internet Outage Hits Silicon Valley (MSNBC Science)

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