[telecom] Calif. proposes much more backup power for telecoms

[San Francisco Chronicle]

California proposes 3-day backup power for cell towers, communication networks

California officials are serious about making sure that communication networks don't fail again during this year's wildfire season if power is shut off.

State utility regulators have proposed 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. In a filing Friday, the California Public Utilities Commission said service should be maintained enough so that all customers can reach 911, receive emergency notifications and browse the web to get emergency information. ====== rest:

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