Globe editorial calls FM radio "outdated technology"

Bill Smith
Mon Aug 23 19:55:46 EDT 2010

Cellular networks very rarely fail completely and if they do fail, it's usually 
well into a storm and only a site or two at a time. It's actually amazing at the 
number of people that suddenly need to call someone when the weather gets bad 
stressing system capacity. As for a variant of EAS, it could easily be 
implemented with SMS which handshakes unlike broadcast.

Personally, I use the NWS alert system, but I'm a radio nut and don't mind 
carrying multiple devices and getting laughed at...


From: Bob DeMattia <>
To: boston Radio Interest <>
Sent: Mon, August 23, 2010 5:24:43 AM
Subject: Re: Globe editorial calls FM radio "outdated technology"

> 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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