- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

HOLBROOK, Ariz. (AP) - Residents of Navajo County and nearby areas went nearly a day without any internet connection or access to emergency dispatch services.

The Navajo County Sheriff’s Office says that somebody shot at a fiber-optic cable belonging to Frontier Communications. That cut off all service from around 1:30 p.m. on Sunday to 8 a.m. the next day.

Deputy Chief Jim Molesa said this disrupted 911 call centers, and the sheriff’s office scrambled to notify residents of other ways they could reach emergency services.

Molesa said authorities don’t know who shot at the cable or whether it was intentional.

A similar outage in northern Arizona in February affected tens of thousands of residents who lost access to cash and credit card machines, landlines and other services after vandals sliced through a CenturyLink optic-fiber cable.

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