The Department of Justice is suing to block AT&T's purchase of Time Warner, legally challenging a $85 billion deal that would give the telecom giant control of a media empire including CNN, Warner Brothers, HBO, and other major media brands.

The U.S. Justice Department has informed AT&T that it will block the telecommunications giant's planned $85 billion takeover of Time Warner unless it sells off CNN — a network frequently targeted for derision by President Trump. The move has therefore triggered concerns within CNN that the administration is taking action against a media outfit simply because it has angered the president with its coverage, raising First Amendment implications.

Wasin Pummarin, 123RF Stock Photo

Tennessee officials hope a new state law will end legal disputes between emergency communications districts and telecommunications companies over 911 fee collections.

Alexey Stiop/123rf Stock Photo

A state Senate panel has put its stamp of approval on deregulation of stand-alone phone services in small Kentucky communities. Towns with populations of 15,000 or less were carved out of de-reg legislation approved in 2015. Senate Bill 10 would extend that policy statewide.


AT&T has filed a protest against a Kentucky state government project to expand broadband fiber throughout the Commonwealth. The telecommunications giant claims KentuckyWired has an unfair advantage in the bidding process.

Tens of thousands of people in the southeastern U.S. went without cellphone service Tuesday for about five hours. For some, that even meant they couldn't call 911.

The outage hit parts of Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia. It's not exactly clear what caused the incident. State officials say years of deregulation have made it nearly impossible for authorities to find out details from telecom companies. State regulators say they have no way of knowing if the problem stemmed from neglect of the infrastructure, an accident, or sabotage. Maps

9:50 a.m. August 5: Cathy Lewandowski of AT&T confirms that service has been restored across the Southeast. Engineers repaired a hardware-related network issue early yesterday evening. The outage affected AT&T customers across Tennessee, Kentucky, and Alabama. Continued outages are still being reported at

2nd Update: Trevor Thomas of Verizon confirms that service has been restored just after 5:15. Local AT&T service within Murray appears to be operating as normal.

Update: Trevor Thomas of Verizon confirms the disruption and says they are working to restore service, but can't confirm how many customers are affected. 

AT&T, Verizon and other networks are experiencing a widespread service outage. Reports of outages began around 1:30 p.m. at and have since increased across Kentucky and Tennessee.

An AT&T spokesperson says, "Some customers across parts of he Southeast are experiencing wire line and wireless service issues. We are investigating the cause and working as quickly as possible to restore service. We apologize for this inconvenience." 

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has circulated an order to his fellow commissioners on the Federal Communications Commission to approve the $48.5 billion merger between AT&T and DirecTV.

In a statement, Wheeler said the move would bring more competition to the broadband marketplace and benefit consumers.

Kaylan Thompson, WKMS

The so-called 'AT&T bill' passed this year by the Kentucky legislature will give the company more freedom from regulations when placing lines for home phone service, which can now include broadband, says Michael Ramage, director of Murray State's Center for Telecommunications Systems Management. Kate Lochte speaks with Ramage on Sounds Good about how this may mean greater broadband connectivity for rural Kentuckians.

Wikimedia Commons

Major telephone companies won’t have to offer basic landline service to residents in the 15 largest markets in the state if Gov. Steve Beshear signs a bill that passed the state Senate on Monday.

The so-called AT&T deregulation bill removes a requirement that “carriers of last resort” offer packages with 911 calling, operator service and unlimited local calls to those who ask for it in markets of more than 15,000 people.