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Bellingham phone outage intentional, police say

A fiber-optic cable failure that caused a five-hour telephone outage affecting nearly 60,000 Qwest customers here and other phone customers elsewhere in Whatcom County was intentionally caused, the police chief said yesterday. Police and the FBI were investigating. “We don’t know what the motive was,” police Chief Randy Carroll said. “We know it was a caused event, and that’s to say that it was intentional.” At FBI regional headquarters in Seattle, spokesman Ray Lauer said: “It’s a pending investigation. Beyond that we can’t comment.” Scattered outages were reported by Verizon land-line and cell-phone customers outside Bellingham in Whatcom County. The problem was caused by the failure of a fiber-optic line in Stanwood, about 60 miles to the south in Snohomish County, Qwest spokesman Michael Dunne said. The company was trying to determine why the cable failed. Service was restored by yesterday afternoon. Full Story

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