Cell phone outage blocks 911 service across Ore., Wash.
The wireless outage is believed to have stemmed from Sprint's network; the effect of the 911 failure on the region has not yet been determined
OREGON — A broad wireless outage knocked out 911 service and some other cell phone calls in much of Oregon and Southwest Washington early Wednesday morning.
The issue began around 3:45 a.m. and was fixed at 7:20 a.m., according to Verizon Wireless spokesman Scott Charlston. He said the issue affected Sprint and Verizon customers, and possibly others. (Update, 10:40 a.m.: AT&T said it does not have any reports of an outage.)
At first, Charlston said, reports indicated only 911 service was disrupted. But it's now evident that some other calls were blocked, too.