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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
A fiber optic cable near one that broke during a fire last Tuesday was intentionally cut Wednesday night, affecting phone and cable services around the state for the second time in less than two weeks.
In a statement released early Thursday morning, Hawaiian Telcom confirmed that one of its fiber optic cables under the Airport Viaduct was maliciously cut around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday night, and the services to some customers were affected as a result of the break.
At 8:45 a.m. this morning Hawaiian Telcom completed repairs to the cable.
The company says voice and data services of about 500 customers on Oahu had been affected and to prevent future acts of vandalism, Hawaiian Telcom plans to increase security in the area.
The Company is also planning to meet with key stakeholders, including law enforcement officials, other communication providers with facilities in the same area, and the landowner, to address long-term facility route planning, security measures, and the homeless community that has overrun the area under the Airport Viaduct.
Police say a 42-year-old homeless man was arrested for an alleged copper theft around 10:55 p.m., nearly an hour and a half after the break occurred. Crews from the Hawaiian Electric Company reportedly discovered the man's activities and reported them to the police.
Oceanic Cable says it also experienced "intermittent interruptions" with phone service across the state and with cable service in Hawaii Kai. Customers were asked to refrain from rebooting their cable boxes, since doing so could prevent cable service until repairs are completed.