AT & T Fined $ 5.25 Milli for Two Breakdowns at the Natial Level

The Federal Communicatis Commissi announced today that AT & T has agreed to a $ 5.25 milli fine a pair of 911 natial blackouts in 2017. The FCC has described these failures as & # 39; "unacceptable" in his statement about it.

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The first outage occurred March 8 from last year and lasted five hours, touching 12,600 calls to 911. The secd outage occurred May 1 and lasted 47 hours. minutes, resulting in 2,600 unsuccessful calls

. At The Verge the FCC has characterized these types of interruptis unacceptable and stated that the 911 robust and reliable service is a "natial priority".

"These preventable failures are unacceptable," the FCC said in a statement. the rule. "The robust and reliable 911 service is a natial priority, as both Cgress and the Commissi have repeated."

In additi to the $ 5.25 milli fine, which is a mere drop for AT & T, the carrier will make changes to its infrastructure to help prevent such breakdowns in the future and notify the necessary parties when such a situati occurs. In the case of last year 's outages, the FCC said that AT & T had "promptly, clearly and completely informed" the 911 call centers affected by the outages.

A fine of $ 5.25 milli is ly an accounting error for AT & T. It is certainly reassuring to see the FCC hold the carriers respsible for failures that might otherwise escape the radar.

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