Mandatory Backup Power for Cell Towers in California: How Can Californians Enjoy Uninterrupted Service, Power Resilience and Clean Air?
- Jul 27, 2020 1:47 pm GMT
'Cellphones aren't just about checking the latest Facebook status. It's about life or death. Cellphones are our lifeline during these power outages and during emergencies.' - California State Sen. Mike McGuire
In what appears to be a first-in-the-nation rule, the Californian Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted unanimously to require cell towers to have 72 hours of backup power in emergency situations, including electricity shutoffs during fire seasons. The decision mandates a 72-hour backup power requirement for all parts of the networks, including cell towers, with clean energy options instead of diesel generators whenever possible. The CPUC decision aims to ensure comprehensive communications resiliency plans that maintain connectivity during disasters and improve coordination with emergency response agencies. According to the state’s Office of Emergency Services, 88% of 911 calls come from wireless devices.
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