“We’ve discovered a number of cables have been cut, and it’s affecting service on our networks,” said Verizon spokesman Phil Santoro.
Santoro said he was not yet able to determine “several hundred” customers were affected by seven incidents of cables cut in Billerica and Tewksbury. An incident of sabotage has also been reported in the upstate New York town of Queensbury.
IBEW spokesman Paul Feeney, however, dismissed the reports, stating that the outages were likely caused by the lack of maintenance staff and heavy rain.
“It’s status quo for Verizon,” said Paul Feeney of IBEW Local 2222. “Any time that there’s a work stoppage, a page in Verizon’s playbook is to immediately go to the media and say there’s sabotage and that’s why there’s outages in their service.”
Of course, the last time Verizon union struck, there were 455 incidents of sabotage.