Around 60,000 Charter Communications customers in Queens, New York, went without TV, internet and landline phone service for most of Monday after vandals severed a fiber-optic line
“Our crews are on site and working to repair a fiber optic cable damaged by vandalism, which is affecting TV, internet and phone services for Spectrum customers in central Queens,” Charter spokesman John Bonomo said in a statement.
Bonomo would not speculate as to whether the vandalism, which was reportedly estimated to cost in the range of $12,000 to fix, was tied to Charter’s ongoing labor unrest in New York.
In March, around 1,800 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 3 members went on a strike that is still going strong.
The IBEW didn’t respond to the New York Daily News’ inquiry for comment on the vandalism.
Last week, a New York City Councilman picketed alongside the striking workers, urging Charter to stop importing replacement workers from other states.