"It's a lifeline to many, many people."
California wildfires highlight the inconsistency of cellphones during emergencies.
- 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