AT&T, T-Mobile outages linger after Nashville Christmas RV bombing

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Cellphone and internet service from Nashville to Alabama is still disrupted because of the Christmas Day bombing in Nashville.

The problems are affecting 911 service, along with the network inside a major regional hospital.

Service went down in the region when a bomb-packed RV blew up outside an AT&T building in downtown Nashville early Friday morning.

The outage affected 911 operations in addition to consumer services on the AT&T and T-Mobile networks, NewsChannel 5 reported.

Saturday morning, Sumner Regional Medical Center in Gallatin, Tennessee, about 30 miles north of Nashville, was still seeing network and system problems, according to local ABC affiliate WKRN.

The hospital is currently operating without access to electronic medical records and was forced to switch to paper.

AT&T company said in a public statement early Saturday that it has two portable cell sites operating in downtown Nashville. The company is deploying additional portable sites in the Nashville area and in the region, it said.

A fire reignited overnight at the damaged facility, forcing an evacuation.

The company is focusing on restoring power to the property. “Currently, our teams are on site working with safety and structural engineers,” the statement said. “They have drilled access holes into the building and are attempting to reconnect power to critical equipment. Technical teams are also working as quickly as possible on rerouting additional services to other facilities in the region to restore service.”

Service disruptions were reported around the country, but the area that felt the most impact stretched from middle Tennessee to Kentucky and Alabama, The Tennessean reported.

Communications issues were behind a brief halt for flights in and out of Nashville International Airport on Friday. Flights were still about 15 minutes delayed Saturday morning, the Federal Aviation Administration website said.

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