Charter hit by vandals, 60K in Queens, New York, go without triple play for hours

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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.

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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.