Gunfire pierces network lines, causes weekend cable, internet outage

ROCKFORD — Xfinity Comcast officials confirmed Monday that gunfire caused a cable and internet service outage that affected customers in areas near downtown Rockford and Freeport over the New Year’s weekend.

The damage occurred about 2 p.m. New Year’s Day in the 900 block of North Winnebago Street, Comcast officials said.

“The outage was caused by bullets that pierced our network lines in two Rockford locations on Saturday,” said Comcast spokesman Jack Segal.

“We can’t thank our crews enough for working tirelessly over the holiday weekend to identify and locate the cause and repair and restore service as quickly as possible,” he said. “We apologize for the inconvenience, but want our customers and the affected communities to be aware of the cause of the outage.”


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