FCC Looking Into Storm-Related Communications Shortfalls


The Federal Communications Commission is looking into communications issues related to last week's Mid-Atlantic storms, an agency official confirmed  on Thursday.
The National Association of Broadcasters has argued that its members helped fill an emergency communications void left by problems with cell phone service, while the wireless industry has said broadcasters are just trying to capitalize on the disaster to make a policy point--getting more carriers to activate radio chips in cell phones.
The FCC routinely investigates problems with emergency communications, so the inquiry is just
that, said the official. Its initial focus will be on 911 service.