AT&T said it made significant progress Saturday night and early Sunday as it worked to restore mobile and Internet communications services after a bomb exploded in downtown Nashville on Friday.
This meant that the aftermath of the explosion near an AT&T central office for a third day continued to affect customers and hamper emergency services. The company has confirmed that the office has lost its commercial power connection and that it is working with the local power provider to get online again.
Nashville Fire Chief William Swann said Sunday that AT&T expects to be at full capacity by Sunday night, although the company has not yet confirmed this.
Police emergency systems in Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama, as well as Nashville’s community phone COVID-19 and a handful of hospital systems, remained out of order.
Provinces like Christian County in Kentucky, about 70 miles from Nashville, have instructed residents to use alternate phone numbers for emergency calls. The sheriff in Montgomery County, Tennessee, issued a similar advice.
AT&T said Sunday morning that 65% of the mobility sites affected by the blast had been repaired.
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“We are bringing in additional resources to support the recovery of wire and voice and data services and expect to have a fleet of 24 additional disaster recovery trailers on site by the end of the day,” the telecommunications giant said in a statement. update said.
The damaged building contained a telephone exchange with network equipment in it – but the company did not want to say exactly how many people were affected.
Asked if the AT&T building could possibly be a target, Douglas Korneski, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Memphis field office, said on Saturday: “We are looking at every possible motive that may be involved. “
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AT&T confirmed that the building had caused significant damage to the blast, including the elevators, some beams / columns and the facade of the building. “
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Federal agents searched the suburban home in Nashville on Saturday of a potential person of interest and said they had received more than 500 tips related to the incident.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.