That’s the take of Federal Communications Commission Commissioner Ajit Pai on the June storm that knocked out power and phone service for days across a wide swath of the greater Washington area.
Pai, in a statement released Thursday at the monthly FCC Commissioners meeting, said old-fashioned radio broadcasters played a critical role in relaying information to those impacted by the storms. “When electrical power, cell sites, and broadband networks went offline, battery-power radios served as a lifeline connecting many of us to the outside world,” he stated.
And, plain vanilla radios are cheaper than iPhones.
Bob Brewin joined Government Executive in April 2007, bringing with him more than 20 years of experience as a journalist focusing on defense issues and technology. Bob covers the world of defense and information technology for Nextgov, and is the author of the “What’s Brewin” blog.