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Why Cell Phones Went Dead After Hurricane Sandy

| November 15, 2012

After Hurricane Sandy, survivors needed, in addition to safety and power, the ability to communicate. Yet in parts of New York City, mobile communications services were knocked out for days.

The problem? The companies that provide them had successfully resisted Federal Communications Commission calls to make emergency preparations, leaving New Yorkers to rely on the carriers' voluntary efforts.

We have so far heard few details about why the companies made the particular business choices they did on backup power and what the consequences of those choices were, because the FCC has been blocked from asking....

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For Academic Citation: Crawford, Susan.“Why Cell Phones Went Dead After Hurricane Sandy.” Bloomberg, November 15, 2012.

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