Globe editorial calls FM radio "outdated technology"

Dave Tomm
Mon Aug 23 23:57:32 EDT 2010

Last winter I was able to call my in-laws on their cellphones during  
the big blizzard that hit Philadelphia.  During the height of the  
storm, the connection was still crystal clear.  Meanwhile IIRC, there  
were several radio stations in that region that were knocked off the  
air.  Seems to me in that particular instance, cellular was a better  
option that OTA radio....


On Aug 23, 2010, at 7:55 PM, Bill Smith wrote:

> 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

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