"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
https://www.sfgate.com/business/article/California-Blackouts-Hit-Cellphone-Service-14569692.php