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“It's a lifeline to many, many people.”

California wildfires highlight the inconsistency of cellphones during emergencies.

Published on

oct 30, 2019

  • California Public Advocates Office Chris Ungson about an unforeseen consequences of the wildfires.
  • As PG&E has cut power, cell phone towers have lost electricity as well, leaving residence with no way to communicate or receive emergency alerts.
  • The FCC is reviewing the system to make sure cell phone companies have the appropriate backup power.

California blackouts hit cellphone service, fraying a lifeline

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