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"The CenturyLink technical teams will continue to work around the clock until services are restored".

Widespread outages across the country have been reported since earlier Thursday morning.

CenturyLink put out a hopeful message to its exasperated customers Thursday night: Engineers had identified a "network element" that was impacting its services. It provided no other details, including how many customers were affected. A media representative was not available for comment.

However, the company has yet to restore service, and has been providing regular updates on its Twitter page about the status of the outages.

WyoLotto officials said they would postpone announcing Wyoming's winning state lottery numbers and winnings for the day until after the outage was over.

According to CenturyLink, 911 has been unavailable in Arizona, Idaho, Massachusetts, Missouri and western Washington.

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The head of the Federal Communications Commission said he has directed the FCC's public safety staff to launch an investigation into the nationwide outage.

A 911 outage also occurred in 2014 and lasted for about seven hours, according to previous Seattle Times reporting.

In Idaho, Emergency Office Management Director Brad Richy said he didn't receive any reports of 911 service failures, but some state agencies, including the state Department of Correction, lost service on internet-based phones.

Customers of the internet, phone and TV provider have been hit by the outage, including in Idaho, New Mexico and Minnesota.

As of Friday evening, there was no indication the coast-to-coast disruption of 911 calling had exacerbated any emergency situations or resulted in injuries or deaths.

If you've ever been in a serious emergency before, you probably already know how important it is to have quick access to emergency services. Pai called the outage "particularly troubling" in a statement.