Nashville bombing affected Alabama emergency communications

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Alabama's emergency communications network was disrupted last week because of a bombing in Nashville, Tenn., according to a report in the Montgomery Advertiser.

On Dec. 25, an RV exploded in Nashville near the AT&T central office, causing service outages. FirstNet, the network Alabama and other states use to power communications between emergency medical services, police, firefighters and more, was affected by the blast.

In Alabama, first responders were able to use two-way radio and text messaging systems while their primary mode of communication was down. AT&T restored most service functions since the bombing.

The incident also affected hospitals that relied on AT&T to power computers and phone systems.

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