Silicon Valley gets hit by Internet, telephone outage

It sounds like a bad joke: The Internet went down in Silicon Valley and traffic came to a halt.

But it was no laughing matter. A telephone outage in Northern California is hurting many high-tech companies and residents alike as parts of Silicon Valley have no phone or Web service.
Police are saying some AT&T fiber-optic cables were cut on purpose, which is causing the service outage, including to emergency 911 service, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

Verizon's local service is down, which is affecting land lines, Internet access and possibly cell phones and even ATM machines.

A call to AT&T spokesman John Britton was not immediately returned to DailyFinance. He told the newspaper that AT&T believes someone cut several fiber-optic cables after climbing down a manhole in South San Jose, California. There was also a report of underground cables being cut in San Carlos, California.

The Communication Workers of America and AT&T are in labor negotiations. The CWA denies any connection to the incident and issued a statement saying the union "condemns vandalism."

The issue was first reported at 2 a.m. today. Service is expected to be restored at around 6 p.m. today, the newspaper reported.

Anthony Massucci is a senior writer for Daily Finance. He previously covered technology companies for Bloomberg News.

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