Plain Old Radios a 'Lifeline' in June D.C. Storm

FCC commissioner praises old-fashioned radio broadcasters for their help keeping people informed.

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.