Vandalism in Arizona Shut Down Internet, Cellphone, Telephone Service Across State
Incident raises concerns a domestic or international terrorist could tamper with U.S. infrastructure
BY: Adam Kredo  February 27, 2015 5:00 am

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Cellphone, Internet, and telephone services across half of Arizona went dark on Wednesday after vandals sliced a sensitive fiber optic cable, according to those familiar with the situation. The incident is raising concerns about the safety of U.S. infrastructure.

The outage shut down critical services across large parts of the state, preventing individuals from using their phones, bank and ATM cards, and the Internet. Critical services, such as police and state government databases, as well as banks and hospitals, also were affected as a result of the vandalism.

The services first went dead around noon MST on Wednesday, causing complete service interruptions across half the state, from Phoenix to such northern cities as Sedona, Prescott, and Cotton Wood, according to an official from CenturyLink, the Louisiana-based communications company that owns the severed line.

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Interesting point here — (1) Why? (2) Impact? (3) A probe?

And, of course, the implications for architects and engineers.

The question one immediately asks is where is the diverse duplicate route?

Sounds like penny-wise and pound-foolish network design.

And, if I am paying my ISP as a business for a diverse route, then do I get a refund since it’s obvious I didn’t get what I was paying for.

How much did those businesses impacted lose with the cut?

And, just in case all those folks not impacted think they have nothing to be concerned about, perhaps this is your wake up call to drag out your network diagrams and think “what if?”

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