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January 9, 2020

California proposal would require 72 hours of back-up power on cellphone towers

  • Telecommunications outages have worsened as wildfires have become more common and more destructive.
  • By ADAM BEAM
    Associated Press

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — When the nation's largest electric utility preemptively shut off power last fall to prevent wildfires in California, customers lost more than just their lights — some lost their phones, too.

    Data from the Federal Communications Commission shows 874 cellphone towers were offline during an Oct. 27 power shutoff that affected millions of people. That included more than half of the cell towers in Marin County alone.


     
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