Digital News Report- Cell phones and landlines went dead around the bay area as an underground AT&T fiber optic cable in south San Jose was cut. Crews are currently working on repairing the damage, which police are investigating for signs of sabotage. AT&T spokesman John Britton said that it appeared that somebody climbed 10 feet down a manhole at the intersection of Monterey Highway at Blossom Hill and cut several cables. Many websites hosted on servers in the Silicon Valley have also been affected.
Cell phones, landlines, and the Internet have been interrupted for AT&A and Verizon customers in the south bay, including Santa Clara, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties. About 50,000 customers may be affected. The outage first occurred at 2:00am and should be repaired by 6:00pm. Police and fire departments have doubled patrols in the areas severely affected by the outage. Residents who are affected by the outage are encourage to go to their nearest fire department or police station in an emergency.
Gilroy and Morgan Hill have been hit the hardest by the outage.