Major GCI outage caused by intentionally damaged fiber cable

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Customers from the North Slope to Fairbanks to Anchorage reported service interruptions. (GCI)

Alaska’s General Communications Inc. (GCI) said an intentionally damaged fiber-optic cable caused a statewide outage on Saturday and Sunday. 

"The fiber cable was partially broken," GCI Spokeswoman Heather Handyside told the Alaska Dispatch News. "Some strands may have still been working, and temporary network routes took over."

RELATED: John Malone buys Alaska’s GCI for $1.12B

A cable was severed in midtown Anchorage. GCI is investigating how the line was damaged. 

Customers from the North Slope to Fairbanks to Anchorage reported service interruptions. 

GCI delivers cable TV and broadband service to 108,000 customers across Alaska. It’s also the state’s largest telephone and wireless provider. 

Last week, telecom entrepreneur John Malone’s Liberty Interactive announced the purchase of Alaska’s General Communications Inc. (GCI) in an all-stock deal valued at $1.12 billion.

“GCI is the largest communications provider in Alaska, generates solid cash flow with upside potential and is a strong fit with the largest businesses in Liberty Ventures,” said Greg Maffei, Liberty Interactive president and CEO, in a statement. “This transaction will ultimately create a standalone Liberty Ventures, reducing the tracking stock discount and enabling an asset-backed QVC Group.”

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