Copper Thieves Cut Agency Communications

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"The state Department of Agriculture has lost communications with the outside world."

The state Department of Agriculture has lost communications with the outside world because copper thieves cut its phone and data lines.

Service is expected to be restored by Wednesday afternoon, spokesman Buddy Davidson said.

The department is asking consumers not to make non-emergency calls until services are restored.

Employees discovered the severed lines Monday morning.

Davidson said the thieves cut fiber-optic data lines as well as phone lines. The department lost email and other online services at its headquarters in Guthrie.

"We do have internal communications and our phones are working on the hilltop there,'' Davidson said, "so we are operating as normal—except that we are pretty much out of contact with the outside world.''

Frontier Communications spokesman Dan Page said copper thefts have become a significant problem.

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