If You Live in the Southeast, Has Your Cell Phone Stopped Working?

We’re getting a lot of tips about a widespread cellular coverage outage in the southeast for AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon customers. Local news stations are reporting large outages in Nashville, Chattanooga, and Knoxville in Tennessee, as well as parts of Alabama and Kentucky.

Sprint has confirmed that it’s experiencing problems in Kentucky:

We are aware of impacts to service in parts of Kentucky in which customers may be unable to access voice and some data services. This appears to be an issue caused by a local exchange provider and our network team is working with the provider to restore service to impacted customers as quickly as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience.


I’m waiting for details from the carriers about why local exchange providers crapped out (impending global apocalypse fueled by the blood of the innocent after widespread anarchy descends after our smartphones stop working?) but we’re curious how widespread it is among Gizmodo readers.

Update 5:52 pm: Got a comment from Verizon:

A connectivity issue is causing a service interruption in parts of Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky and Indiana. Our engineers are aware of this issue and are working with our vendor partners to resolve this issue quickly. At present we do not have an estimated time of resolution.

These are the current outage maps for Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T:


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