At 2:18 p.m. EST the United States tested its presidential alert system. It's designed for the president to contact Americans whether they want him to or not. Apparently, there might still be some kinks in the system though, because the Pacific Northwest still hasn't been able to use their data since the alert.
Scott Stoddard, the editor of the Grants Pass Daily Courier tweeted Wednesday that AT&T phones seem to be having trouble getting any data connection since the alert went out.
"AT&T mobile phones in the Pacific Northwest haven't been able to get a data connection since the nationwide presidential alert. Outage reports from Portland, Seattle, Spokane, Olympia, Grants Pass, Ashland," he tweeted.
Washington's Robert Cruickshank was one of them hearing stories of friends in Seattle who can't use their phones.
Hearing from a lot of friends in Seattle who use AT&T that their data reception on their mobile devices hasn't been… https://t.co/JURCRdqAjl— Robert Cruickshank (@Robert Cruickshank)1538601692.0
Got the #PresidentialAlert (2x actually) and now my @ATT data is not working. Tried toggling LTE, restarting iPhone… https://t.co/QYUAwZdN7E— televod (@televod)1538591628.0
It seems as if there is an @ATT data outage in Central Oregon. Texts still seem to work.— Gerry (@Gerry)1538597909.0
@LVtoAKandBACK @Apple @ATT Same. I don’t know if it’s a service outage or a problem with the alert.— Lus (@Lus)1538596710.0
Some are claiming a fix to the problem, but Stoddard said he's had zero luck.
I had tried this an hour ago with no luck, but I tried it again just now and it worked. https://t.co/JksJzLOFhu— Scott Stoddard (@Scott Stoddard)1538602280.0
An outage map for AT&T shows how extensive the problem seems to be:
AT&T outage map at 2:20 Pacific time. https://t.co/FCalkbnqgt— Scott Stoddard (@Scott Stoddard)1538601798.0
There are already conspiracy theories springing up about the president trying to strike back against the "left coast."
AT&T outage update: - It looks like mobile data service is down for many across the Pacific Northwest. Texts work… https://t.co/BXdtpAcvB9— Chris Brewer (@Chris Brewer)1538599905.0
AT&T released a statement saying that they were able to send the alert out with no problems and the outage in the northwest is nothing more than a huge coincidence.
“We are aware of an issue affecting wireless data services for some customers in parts of the WA area. Our technicians are engaged and working as quickly as possible to resolve the issue. This is not related to the presidential text alert," the spokesperson said.