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NAB Statement on Wireless Network Outages Following 5.8 Earthquake on East Coast


WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In response to widespread congestion of cellphone networks following the 5.8 earthquake affecting the eastern United States, NAB Executive Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton issued the following statement:

“Policymakers debating spectrum policy ought to take note that the one reliable communications service during today’s earthquake was the original wireless technology -- free and local broadcasting. It’s easy to get dazzled by iPads and Smartphones, but all the spectrum in the world won’t ensure reliability of the ’one-to-one’ cellphone network architecture during an emergency. When there’s a crisis, it’s hard to replicate the reliability of the ’one-to-everyone’ local radio and TV broadcast signal.”

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