Officials in Nashville say that the individual responsible for the bombing on Christmas Day was an "individual named Anthony Warner" who perished in the explosion pic.twitter.com/1Hn7UhtNA3— TV News HQ (@TVNewsHQ) December 27, 2020
|Anthony Q Warner|
Speaking on CBS’s “Face the Nation” Sunday morning, Nashville Mayor John Cooper said, “To all of us locally, it feels like there has to be some connection with the AT&T facility and the site of the bombing.”
The bombing, which came after a sound system in the RV warned listeners that an explosive was inside, injured at least three people and damaged at least 41 buildings, one of which was destroyed, according to authorities.
The bombing caused damage to the AT&T switching center and knocked out phone and internet service in much of Tennessee, Kentucky and Northern Alabama. The telecom company said Sunday afternoon that it had restored 96% of its wireless network, 60% of business service and 86% of consumer broadband and entertainment services.
Switching centers, also known in the industry as “central offices,” represent vulnerable spots in the country’s telecommunications infrastructure because of the important equipment they house and how close they often are to busy downtown business districts. Many are hulking brick-and-concrete structures built several decades ago when the original AT&T monopoly employed thousands of human operators to route customers’ phone calls.
Physical attacks on those network hubs are unusual. However, telephone-pole wires and cellular towers are frequent targets of intentional attacks. Gunshots and vandalism cause several dozen outages in the U.S. each year, according to Federal Communications Commission reports.