A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone caught stealing telephone cable.
Windstream is putting up the one thousand dollar reward after they say an aerial fiber was cut Wednesday apparently by someone looking for copper. The incident left thousands of people without long distance and internet service for hours.
Officials say since October in Eastern Kentucky, more than fifty thousand dollars worth of copper has been stolen from Windstream. They say the majority of these thefts resulted in phone and internet outages, often shutting down emergency 911 services.