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Rep. McNerney Presses FCC Chair to Move Forward with California Field Hearing on Wildfire Cell Tower Outages

Jan 29, 2020
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-09) sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai to follow up on the Chairman’s commitment to hold a field hearing in Northern California regarding the cell tower outages during the recent wildfires.

“It is critical that the Commission hear from individuals who were directly affected by the cell tower outages,” Congressman McNerney wrote. “It is also critical that the Commission hear why cell towers went down during the power shutoffs, including what backup power was in place and what coordination existed between the wireless carriers and the utilities leading up to and during the shutoffs.”

In his letter, the Congressman requests that Chairman Pai outline the date, time and location for the field hearing, as well as what steps the Commission will take to ensure that all relevant stakeholders will be invited to testify at the field hearing.

Last month, during an FCC oversight hearing in the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, Congressman McNerney asked Chairman Pai to hold a field hearing on this subject, receiving a commitment from the Chairman to hold the hearing by June 5, 2020.

A copy of the letter can be found here.

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Rep. Jerry McNerney proudly serves the constituents of California’s 9th Congressional District that includes portions of San Joaquin, Contra Costa, and Sacramento Counties. For more information on Rep. McNerney’s work, follow him on Facebook and on Twitter @RepMcNerney.