This is not the first time CenturyLink has paid the penalty for outages that stopped callers reaching 911 emergency services.
The FCC said a cascade of failures would have been prevented if T-Mobile USA had periodically audited the diversity of their networks.
A bad firewall configuration rule forced Tier 1 operator CenturyLink offline and reduced global internet traffic by 3.5%.
There is a battle to control an investor in Cell C whilst the telco is fighting debt and interruptions of service for popular apps.
Phone users were unhappy about paying for internet access for a period when the government had interrupted service.