Vandal cuts cable TV service

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Gazette staff
Monday, September 16, 2013

TOWN OF PLYMOUTH—Investigators believe a thief looking for copper was the cause of a widespread cable TV outage Sept. 3.

Someone cut a fiber optics cable at 2 that morning. Charter Communications workers informed the Rock County Sheriff's office at 8:27 a.m., a sheriff's department report indicates.

The vandalism occurred 7 to 8 feet off the ground at a utility pole on West Footville-Hanover Road, southeast of Footville in Rock County, but those affected were in Green County, the report indicates.

The report says communities affected were Brodhead, Juda, Monroe and New Glarus.

The report speculates the vandalism was done by a would-be thief looking for copper wire. Fiber optic cable is made of glass fibers coated with plastic.

The report lists Charter's costs as $9,000 to repair the cable and $32,000 to reimburse its customers

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