Nationwide CenturyLink internet outage affects Kansas

What-Comm 911 facility pic

What-Comm 911 facility pic

CenturyLink is a global telecommunications company based in Monroe, Louisiana, serving customers in more than 60 countries and across the US with the internet and other communications services, including phone and TV.

The company has not said how many customers lost service, nor what, if anything, they would do to make those customers whole. Some reports told of people unable to get gas as card readers shut down at some gas stations, and others of ATM's glitching.

Reaction: CenturyLink said the cause of the dropped calls isn't clear yet, The Washington Post reports. Telecommunications company CenturyLink tweeted Friday that it had been dealing with a "network event" and "all customer service" had been restored.

It was not immediately known how many emergency calls did not go through.

The commission's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau will investigate the cause and effect of the outage, he said.

Problems stretched in severity from knocking out Washington State 911 service to blocking incoming calls to businesses, including The World-Herald.

NY transformer explosion lights up sky, causes power outages
LaGuardia Airport has been temporarily closed due to a power outage resulting from the transformer explosion, officials said. Public transportation is running, but the 7 train is experiencing delays, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Twitter.

The outages reported Thursday afternoon stretched from NY to California and even temporarily shut down phone services at the Idaho Department of Correction and knocked out 911 emergency call services in parts of western Washington state.

Police departments in Cleburne, Corsicana, Frisco, McKinney and Stephenville also reported 911 outages persisting through Friday morning.

"When an emergency strikes, it's critical that Americans are able to use 911 to reach those who can help", said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai in a statement.

As of Friday evening, there was no indication the coast-to-coast disruption of 911 calling had exacerbated any emergency situations or resulted in injuries or deaths.

Residential customers have also tweeted some harsh words, mostly about the lack of updates and customer service from CenturyLink. Pai called the outage "particularly troubling" in a statement.

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