News and Updates

This category contains information about events that may affect your service such as maintenance or outages. It also contains announcements on new products releases and enhancements.

Holiday Closures

Network Solutions, Inc. will be closed for the Christmas holiday on Monday, December 26th, 2022.   Additionally, we will be closed for the New Year holiday on Monday, January 2, 2023.
Limited technical support without dispatch will be available the days we are closed by emailing  Chat, phone, and texting will be unavailable from Friday, December 23rd after 5:00pm to Tuesday morning at 8:00am on December 27th and again from Friday afternoon on December 30th to Tuesday morning January 3rd.

We wish all of our customers a Merry Christmas, and a safe, happy New Year!!

We look forward to serving you in the coming year!



2022-12-23T11:10:01-06:00December 23, 2022|News and Updates|Comments Off on Holiday Closures

Texting Not Available (Update: fixed)

December 21, 2022 – In preparation for the next version of 3CX, we are doing some testing on our office system.  The text messaging architecture is being reworked on the next release of 3CX, so we want to make sure we are prepared before upgrading customers.   We are working through some bugs in the new implementation and texting our office is not currently available.  You can still visit us at and use the chat box for much the same experience.  Of course, you can also email us at or call 256-547-6817.   We will post an update here when the texting is available again.

Update – December 22, 2022 – Texting to our office is working again and better than ever as we are now supporting MMS (images, attachments, etc).   We look forward to hearing from you.



2022-12-22T13:44:45-06:00December 21, 2022|News and Updates|Comments Off on Texting Not Available (Update: fixed)

Closing Early

December 16, 2022 – Our office will be closing at approximately 3:45pm today for our staff Christmas party. We will reopen for normal business hours on Monday, December 19th.   We do apologize for any inconvenience and wish everyone a happy holiday season!

Note:  Phone technical support will also be closed.





2022-12-16T08:21:44-06:00December 16, 2022|News and Updates|Comments Off on Closing Early

SipTrunk Outage

November 7, 2022 7:45pm – There seems to be a major SipTrunk outage.  We are receiving a LOT of reports of trunk failure and dialout failures from phone systems.  We have also tried inward dialing which seems to be failing – even to the point of failover numbers failing.   We have submitted a ticket to find out what is going on.  This currently affects our service as well, so the best point of contact is

Update 8:46pm – We have received word that”Engineering is looking into it” and that we will get an update as soon as possible.



2022-11-07T20:47:16-06:00November 7, 2022|News and Updates, VOIP|Comments Off on SipTrunk Outage

Internet Outage

September 26, 2022 – 3:45pm – We are experiencing a partial internet outage with high packet loss causing sites, email, and other services to not load consistently.  We have determined that the issue is related to a larger AT&T outage and we have opened trouble tickets.   We currently do not have an ETR (estimated time to repair).   We will be posting updates here and on our Facebook page since this page may not always be reachable.   This issue is affecting almost all customers.

AT&T status can be seen here:

Update 4:45pm – Still no word on our trouble tickets.  We have found that AT&T customers are able to reach our services, while Comcast and Spectrum  customers can’t currently reach us.

Update 7:00pm – We’ve received word that there is a major cable cut affecting a wide area in Alabama.  There are outages at least to Birmingham and Montgomery affecting internet, land lines, and cellular.  There is still no ETR at this time.

Update September 27 – 7:00am – Connectivity was restored right at midnight and we thought this issue had been resolved.  However, it was lost again around 4:00am.  Our ticket is still being “worked” with no additional information being added.  We are reaching out to upstream providers again.

Update 7:30am – Fiber cut is located in Oxford, AL which is a link that connects the state of Alabama to Atlanta, which is a major interchange on the internet.  Crews are working the cut, but they do not have an estimated time to repair.  If you know people in Oxford, please educate them on how to find utilities before they dig.  Apparently, there is a lack of education in that area as cuts seem to be frequent there.

Update 8:00am – Services have been restored!  Hopefully for good this time.   We’ll update if that changes.  Also, if you can’t reach this page, we are posting updates on

Update October 5, 2022 – 12:30am  – Keeping with the tradition of top notch AT&T support, we have just been contacted about this ticket being resolved. For those keeping score, this is a resolution in 9 days for an enterprise circuit.   Keep this in mind when thinking about using AT&T for your critical infrastructure needs.  This was the first contact we received from them since the beginning of the outage.





2022-10-05T21:29:08-05:00September 26, 2022|News and Updates|Comments Off on Internet Outage

Slow Outgoing Calls

September 21, 2022  10:40am – We are seeing some issues with outgoing calls currently.   Calls DO go out, but it can take upward of a minute for the call to connect.   When making a call, if you just hear silence, be patient, and the call will go through after some time.  We have submitted a ticket with SIPTrunk about this and are awaiting more information.  We’ll be posting that here as we get it.

Update 11:08am – It looks like the issue has been corrected upstream.  If you are still experiencing difficulties with outgoing calls, please let us know by calling us at 256-547-6817 or emailing


2022-09-21T11:09:58-05:00September 21, 2022|News and Updates, VOIP|Comments Off on Slow Outgoing Calls

Gmail Requiring SPF Records

We are getting more and more support requests from people having trouble sending email to Gmail and Google hosted domains.   This is currently almost always the result of an email domain not having an SPF record.  That is a fairly technical sentence, so click the link for detailed information on SPF.   The simplified version is that an SPF record specifies what servers are allowed to send email for your email address.   It was designed to help combat spam.  If you don’t have one of those records, Google is now rejecting the email with an error message similar to the one below:


host[] said:
   550-5.7.26 The MAIL FROM domain [<your domain>] has an SPF record
   with 550-5.7.26 a hard fail policy (-all) but it fails to pass SPF checks
   with the 550-5.7.26 ip: []. To best protect our users from spam
   and 550-5.7.26 phishing, the message has been blocked. Please visit
   550-5.7.26 for
   more 550 5.7.26 information.



In the past, Google would just send the offending message to the Spam folder, but now if the SPF record is missing or fails (as the one above), the message will be rejected.

This can also be caused by “forwards”.  For instance, if you have an email address hosted with us, but choose to forward incoming email to a personal Gmail account, you will most likely lose some email as a result of this policy.   Senders trying to reach you will receive a failure notice, but there is no way to “fix” this except to check your email in the account rather than forwarding it to another external email address.


2022-09-20T11:01:02-05:00September 20, 2022|Documentation, News and Updates|Comments Off on Gmail Requiring SPF Records Issues

September 19, 2022 – Some VOIP customers are reporting that their main line is going to their failover number.   We have been able to work around this issue by pointing the failover to another number on the trunk.  Another fix is to re-register the trunk, which can be done by a reboot or upgrade of the system.  The 3CX company has released an upgrade today which will accomplish the reboot.    Please let us know if you are experiencing this issue and we will initiate an upgrade/reboot of your system to clear the problem.


Update 1:15pm – We have been told that a change has been made upstream and that the issue should be resolved.   If you are still seeing this, please let us know.


Note:  The 3CX PBX update to 18.5 has been released and most systems will update on Wednesday.  This is unrelated to the above issue.



2022-09-19T13:22:18-05:00September 19, 2022|News and Updates, VOIP|Comments Off on Issues

Mail Server Maintenance

September 12, 2022 8:30pm – We’ve got to perform a small bit of maintenance on the mail server system which will interrupt connections for a brief time but will not result in any lost email.   We will be posting updates here.

Update 8:48pm – This maintenance has been completed.



2022-09-12T20:49:15-05:00September 12, 2022|News and Updates|Comments Off on Mail Server Maintenance

Service Interruption

August 3, 2022 – 6:15pm –  We experienced a service interruption as there were routing issues upstream of us.  This affected all services – phones, offsite backups, email, web hosting, etc.  The interruption started at about 5:00pm CDT and resolved itself at about 6:12pm.   We are continuing to monitor.  This issue is outside of our management area, and we are currently just able to work with upstream providers to troubleshoot.

Currently, this looks to be resolved as the routing has changed upstream – presumably to route around the troubled equipment or circuits.


Update 8:30pm – We had an additional disruption starting around 8:15pm.   This could be the routes resetting to the “normal” settings if the underlying issue has been fixed.  As of 8:30, everything seems OK, but we are continuing to monitor.

Update – August 4, 2022 – 6:45am – We have seen the issue return briefly a couple of times overnight.  Once around 1:15am and then a second time about 4:10am.  Each incident lasted approximately 15 minutes.  We still have an open ticket and are working to make sure the issue is properly fixed.



If you have any questions, please email us at


2022-08-04T07:04:57-05:00August 3, 2022|News and Updates|Comments Off on Service Interruption
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