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A day after a saboteur hacked through underground fiber-optic cables, leaving tens of thousands of area residents with no phone, cell phone or Internet service, AT&T fattened its reward Friday to $250,000 as local police and the FBI continued to hunt for the culprit.
But businesses that suffered financially because of the outages cannot claim any refunds, and Verizon customers shouldn't expect any money for the inconvenience.
San Jose police reported receiving about 10 tips, and San Carlos police confirmed they are examining video surveillance of a major intersection near one of the four locations where AT&T's underground fiber-optic cables were sliced early Thursday morning.
Have they found a way to make fiber optic cable from copper?
I think that's the reason for the word "dumb" being in the sentence ;)
I've heard that this remains a big problem in South Africa where copper theft remains rife - thieves digging up fiber in the hunt for it.
If it's just a slice through, sounds to me more like sabotage though.
High world prices for copper ... that were driving this criminal activity dropped big time so it is unlikely to be motivation here, though everything is possible
We actually had the copper tubing from the building's air conditioner stolen in our former sale's office.
But if the thieves were stupid enough to be digging up fiber for copper, there's not much hope they were up to speed on world copper prices either...
Thieves might be stupid what cable to dig out, but they ain't stupid about current scrap prices - those have not fallen yesterday but for many months now. I think scrap prices have fallen 3-4 times to a point when it no longer makes sense doing such things.
I still enjoy the story of the metal thieves who cut through an underground 30 000 Volt cable - and were fried.