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." 

If you received a new cell phone for the holidays, you can turn your old one over to the Paducah Police Department to help victims of domestic violence.

The PPD has partnered with Verizon Wireless’ HopeLine program. HopeLine refurbishes devices to provide support to domestic violence victims in the form of free phones and cash grants.

Washington Post

Kentucky’s junior U.S. Senator Rand Paul has introduced legislation requiring a warrant before any government agency can search the phone records of Americans.  

Paul filed the bill today in response to the furor over disclosure of a secret National Security Agency program to collect phone records of millions of Verizon customers.