Well, you can't very well blame Suddenlink for this one. Suddenlink users across the Humboldt land -- or in Trinidad and the Eel River Valley, at least -- suffered internet outages today because, says the Sheriff's Office, somebody cut and run with the company's fiber optic cables serving those areas.
Apparently, the dirty dipper(s) cut and made off with 24-feet of fiber optic cable at the underground vault near Grizzly Bluff Road and Blue Slide Road in Ferndale at 12:17 a.m.. About 1,000 customers lost service. Then they headed up to Trinidad, says the Humboldt County Sheriff's news release:
Approximately two hours later service on another Suddenlink Fiber Optic Cable was lost in the Trinidad area. When Suddenlink repair crews arrived at the location of the damage on Scenic Drive, Trinidad near the US 101 southbound onramp, they discovered that line had been cut. Approximately 950 customers were affected by the loss of that line.
They don't know who did it yet. But whoever they are, they'll be responsible for about $10,000 in damages, at least. Plus, they'll be felons.
If you have any tips, call the Sheriff's Office, 445-7251, or its crime tip line, 268-2539.