Glitch cuts off SoCal Verizon customers

October 19, 2005

Verizon engineers are probing a software failure that left thousands of voice and data subscribers in the Los Angeles area without service for up to 12 hours.

The Los Angeles Times said about 150,000 customers were cut off early Tuesday when a computer problem cropped up at a Long Beach switching facility, which led to a corruption of the system's main software and then an ignoble crash that knocked out landline, Internet, some cell-phone service and even 911 capability.

Backup systems failed to deploy for reasons that remained under investigation Wednesday.

The situation caused Long Beach officials to put out emergency informational broadcasts over a commercial radio station.

Other wireless carriers reported problems as well, as people in the affected areas switched to their cell phones after their land lines went down.

Copyright 2005 by United Press International

Explore further: Demi Lovato wants to change the face of mental illness

Related Stories

Demi Lovato wants to change the face of mental illness

December 1, 2016

(HealthDay)—Since her 2008 breakthrough role in the Disney Channel musical "Camp Rock," singer and actress Demi Lovato has released five best-selling albums and a slew of hit singles. Numerous music awards have followed, ...

Snapchat's playful shot at sunglasses

September 27, 2016

A paparazzi photograph of Snapchat Chief Executive Evan Spiegel prematurely revealed the Los Angeles company's first piece of consumer electronics: a pair of video camera sunglasses.

'Silicon Beach' brings tech boom to Los Angeles

October 22, 2014

So long Silicon Valley. These days entrepreneurs and engineers are flocking to a place better known for surfing waves than the Web. Amid the palm trees and purple sunsets of the Southern California coastline, techies have ...

Recommended for you

Samsung to disable Note 7 phones in recall effort

December 9, 2016

Samsung announced Friday it would disable its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones in the US market to force remaining owners to stop using the devices, which were recalled for safety reasons.

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.