Nationwide debate emerges on how to secure communication networks in wake of Nashville bombing

Four days after the bombing on Christmas Day in downtown Nashville crippled cell service, internet and even key tools for law enforcement across a multi-state region, White County, Tennessee residents still struggled to get through to the county’s emergency communications center.

Though the center’s landlines worked and officials pushed out a non-emergency number via social media, the rural Tennessee county’s 911 Emergency Director Suzi Haston said she remained shocked their wireless services were still out after the bombing damaged an AT&T building more than 90 miles away.

Even farther away, in Alabama, the bombing forced first responders to use two-way radio and text messaging systems after the state’s primary communications network for public safety workers, FirstNet, was disrupted.

The vulnerability of the telecommunications system in Tennessee and across the Southeast became clear Christmas Day. Via – The Tennessean

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