Businesses struggling to process credit card payments to due AT&T outage

Posted at 12:26 PM, Dec 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-26 13:38:04-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Several Middle Tennessee businesses are struggling to process credit card payments following the massive AT&T outage caused by the Christmas Day explosion in downtown Nashville.

Outages continue for many after the Friday morning bombing outside AT&T's data center. The impacts are widespread, including calls, texts, internet, television, and credit card systems, among other issues.

As a result, several area businesses have either closed or are only accepting cash. Walmart released the following statement, although it's unclear how many of its stores have been affected:

There have been other reports all across Tennessee.

Several local law enforcement agencies have reported outages and listed alternate numbers for residents to call in the event of an emergency.

No timeline has been given for full recovery. Early Saturday morning, AT&T said they've brought in two portable cell sites into downtown and are deploying "numerous" other portable sites across Middle Tennessee.