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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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus