Verizon and local police departments along the east coast have been tracking a series of seemingly deliberate fiber cuts that have been robbing consumers of cable, phone and Internet services.
The number and the precision of some the cuts leads police and others to believe they are related to the now weeks long strike between some 40,000 Verizon workers represented by the Communications Workers of America and management. The workers went on strike April 13 primarily impacting Verizon’s wireline business, in nine Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States plus Washington, D.C.
“These are just the latest of approximately 150 similar incidents that have happened nationwide since April 13, which also happens to be the day that the strike began. I want to stress that we don’t know who did this or why, but their agenda or motivation is irrelevant – they may know enough to cut the correct wires to cause harm, but they do not know who or what those wires support – whether it is an alarm system, a medical device, or a phone for someone elderly,” Mike Murphy, spokesman for Verizon told Fox News in Boston this week after a cable cut in a suburb of Boston knocked out service for hundreds of customers.