Globe editorial calls FM radio "outdated technology"

Bob DeMattia
Mon Aug 23 06:24:43 EDT 2010

> There's also a (spurious)
> argument about receiving EAS alerts (there's no reason the carriers
> could not be required to use their own technology to deliver EAS
> messages just as cablecos are).
True. the cell carriers could do this - but the argument is less spurious
you consider the number of times the cell phone network has failed during
emergencies.  While storms can also take broadcast stations off the air,
I can't recall when all of the stations in a particular area were all off at
the same

In additional to this, EAS is checked on a regular basis.  It would not
be practical to test a cell phone distribution system, as this would have
to involve setting off people's phones.


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