About 5,000 Calgarians affected by second copper wire theft in May – Calgary

About 5,000 people were affected by a Shaw outage in northwest Calgary on Tuesday, the second outage in May.

According to an email from a Rogers Communications spokesperson, the outage was caused by a fiber outage “caused by vandalism” and “suspected theft of copper cable.”

The outage affected the neighborhoods of Balmoral, Brentwood, Bridgeland, Capitol Hill, Charleswood, Collingwood, Crescent Heights, Hillhurst, Mayfair, Mountview, Mount Pleasant, National, North Haven, Renfrew, Rosemont, Sunnyside and Tuxedo Park.

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The outage was resolved around 4:50 p.m., according to Shaw’s website.

The spokesperson said vandalism-related outages are increasing year-on-year “at a rapid pace” and outages have increased four- or five-fold since 2022.

This was the second outage in Calgary this month. The last Shaw outage occurred on May 6 and affected the neighborhoods of Mount Pleasant, Tuxedo Park and Crescent Heights, as well as other parts of northern Calgary.

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Around 15,000 customers were affected by the outage earlier this month.

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