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November 20, 2012

US Senator Wants FCC to Impose Mandatory Emergency Power Backup Rule on Cellular Providers

By Oliver VanDervoort, Contributing Writer

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, there has been more talk than ever before about the technological problems that were caused by the storm. Some have pointed to cell phone and Wi-Fi outages which that can be dangerous in a world that is increasingly dependent on technology. Senator Chuck Schumer seems to understand that the loss of Wi-Fi or cellular coverage can mean the difference between getting help and information. That is why the New York based lawmaker wants the FCC (News - Alert) to impose new rules on cellular providers that would require them to have emergency power sources in anticipation of storms like Sandy.

Businesses have paid a lot of lip service to how much more prepared they will be when another storm rolls across the East Coast. Despite all of this lip service, the Senator pointed out that almost one in four cell phone users were without service. Many of these people were without service for several days. Schumer believes that if cellular providers are forced to employ an emergency power source, these kinds of outages will not be anywhere near as widespread.

For its part, one FCC spokesman seemed to be taking the long time United States Senator’s suggestions to heart, saying that the agency was indeed looking into making this regulatory change.

In the cellular provider arena, a spokesperson for AT&T (News - Alert) would not comment about the company’s feelings about this proposed new rule, but he did say that the company was working hard to coordinate with local authorities to aid in the cleanup after the storm.

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Edited by Brooke Neuman
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