Thousands of customers of an internet and television company have experienced service interruptions in three states after two large fiber-optic cables were accidentally cut.
Mediacom spokeswoman Phyllis Peters tells the Columbia Missourian that customers in Georgia, Illinois and Missouri experienced service issues after a road crew mower severed a cable Thursday near Fitzgerald, Georgia. A construction crew severed another cable just over a half hour later near Carrollton, Missouri.
Peters says the Missouri cut has caused interrupted video service for about 140,000 customers living in-state and in Illinois, as well as internet troubles for an unknown number.
The Georgia cut interrupted video for up to 6,000 customers and internet for as many as 15,000.
Peters says it's unusual for Mediacom to experience two big cable cuts the same day.