Someone (or some crew) has been skulking around northern California, possibly dressed as a cable technician, and snipping the fiber optic lines that provide Internet, cable, and phone service. His motives are yet unknown. But the FBI has counted 11 such incidents in the past year and is appealing for the public to help catch the cable-cutting bandit.
The latest cut happened Tuesday, on three major Internet cables serving the Sacramento area, causing cable and Internet service disruptions as far north as Seattle.
Obviously, someone knows what they're doing - and how to do it. If you've experienced disruptions and delays during the past few days, that's likely the reason. For a couple of days this week, GMail was very slow, and periodically displayed a "something's wrong" message.