Update: 10 News has additional information on this situation:
April 24, 2012 (Alpine) – Sergeant J. Passalacqua at the San Diego Sheriff’s Alpine station has sent the following report on a serious communications and security breach in our region that has shut down broadband across the U.S., including critical defense networks:
Between the hours of 12:00 a.m., and 1:00 a.m., Wade Strautman, who works for Century Link Fibertron, received notification that 10 million broadband lines are down. These lines include those that carry information to the Department of Defense. As of this moment we are aware the Alpine Sheriff's Station has been affected and we can assume that the Pine Valley Sheriff's Station is also affected. Units from the Alpine Station are checking an area.
A "cut" has been discovered on Alpine Blvd., in the vicinity of Peutz Valley. It appears that 75 feet of fiber optic cable was taken along with 6 feet of 600 strand copper cable.
There are Tech's on scene trying to repair the damage at this time. All customers have been notified by Century Link Fibertron of the damage. Additionally, we are being told that it will take approximately seventeen hours to repair.
This fiber optic cable is the backbone that runs Century Link Fibertron's nationwide network, including Miramar and 32nd street Naval Base. AT&T was also affected on the Verizon network side. Verizon is aware and sending crews out now to assist.
Copper wiring thefts have occurred fairly often in our region in recent months.
ECM news partner 10 News has contacted the Dept. of Defense and Miramar, and both said their Internet is working. For details see http://www.10news.com/news/30946080/detail.html