FCC Chairman Genachowski Says Irene Wireless Outages May Get Worse

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said in a press call this afternoon that, while overall wireless service outages from hurricane Irene had been mild, those outages may get worse as battery backups at affected cell sites run out. Admiral James Barnett, the FCC Chief of Public Safety, urged cellphone users to continue to follow the tips we posted yesterday. At the time of the call, the FCC had not received outage reports from areas north of Maryland.


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