FCC Queries Carriers On Wildfire Response

Law360 (September 13, 2019, 6:34 PM EDT) -- Due to several years of destructive wildfires in California that have caused severe damage across the state, the Federal Communications Commission has sent letters to major wireless carriers asking how they will mitigate risks from power shut-offs that are planned to limit the wildfires.

According to the letters, which were sent Thursday to T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint, US Cellular and AT&T, some energy providers in California have announced plans to shut off power at times and in areas where the wildfire risk is high. The commission wants to know how the companies plan to deal with the anticipated power outages.

Specifically, the...

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