CNN anchor pleads with viewers NOT to call 911 to 'check if your phone is ... trends now

CNN anchor pleads with viewers NOT to call 911 to 'check if your phone is ... trends now
CNN anchor pleads with viewers NOT to call 911 to 'check if your phone is ... trends now

CNN anchor pleads with viewers NOT to call 911 to 'check if your phone is ... trends now

A CNN anchor pleaded with viewers not to call 911 during an AT&T outage that has left 70,000 users without phone signal for hours. 

Tech reporter Brian Fung appeared on CNN News Central on Thursday morning and urged users not to make test calls to 911. 

Fung said: 'Do not call 911 just to make sure that you can get through because that bandwidth, that capacity is really needed for real emergencies.'

The spike in outages occurred around 4am Eastern time, affecting more than 700,000 users with AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and UScellular.

Fung's message comes as the Massachusetts State Police warned about their 911 call centers being 'flooded by these so-called test calls.' 

CNN tech reporter Brian Fung pleaded with viewers not to call 911 during an AT&T outage that left 70,000 users without phone signal for hours

CNN tech reporter Brian Fung pleaded with viewers not to call 911 during an AT&T outage that left 70,000 users without phone signal for hours

Fung said: 'Do not call 911 just to make sure that you can get through because that bandwidth, that capacity is really needed for real emergencies'

Fung said: 'Do not call 911 just to make sure that you can get through because that bandwidth, that capacity is really needed for real emergencies'

The largest number of issues was reported by AT&T users, which peaked at 51,000 customers without service before jumping to more than 70,000 an hour later

The largest number of issues was reported by AT&T users, which peaked at 51,000 customers without service before jumping to more than 70,000 an hour later 

He said: 'We have also seen reports that people have been making test calls to 911, trying to make sure that they can get through if need be. Please do not do that.'

The largest number of issues was reported by AT&T users, which spiked at 31,931 reports at 4:30 am before again jumping just before 7:15 am to over 51,000. 

Just after 11 am, AT&T said that they had managed to restore three-quarters of their network, with teams 'working as quickly as possible'. 

The 911 emergency services were impacted, as local fire departments across the country reported that the outages prevented people from making calls.

Fung advised people to use 'alternative methods, such as a landline or a cell phone that uses another network service like Verizon or T-Mobile.' 

Local authorities even recommended using social media to try and get in touch with the relevant police or fire department. 

San Francisco Fire Department issued a statement saying they had been made aware of the issue and urged citizens to use try calling from a landline.

The department added: 'If that is not an option then please try to get ahold of a friend or family member who is a customer of a different carrier and ask them to call 911 on your behalf.' 

While Flagler County Sheriff's Office in Florida said they had been unable to receive calls, but text messages to

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