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For Immediate Release:
January 23, 2018
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Mia DeVane
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Miami-Dade County Commission urges state to require backup power on cell towers

Commissioner Levine Cava says cell phone backup power will improve safety and resiliency in the aftermath of a storm


MIAMI-DADE – The Miami-Dade County Commission today passed legislation urging the State Legislature and Public Service Commission to require that wireless telecommunications facilities provide backup power supplies. This will allow us to maintain operations in the event of a hurricane or other emergency.

The State has regulatory oversight for telecommunications companies. Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava, through this resolution, urges the Public Service Commission to protect the reliability of wireless telecommunications services, especially during the aftermath of a hurricane when all Florida residents, businesses, and institutions require reliable service.

“Hurricane Irma exposed many of this community’s vulnerabilities,” said Commissioner Levine Cava. “The loss of cell phone coverage in the aftermath of the storm made our recovery even more challenging and caused great frustration and safety concerns for many. We urge the PSC to take up this critical issue, or the Florida Legislature to give the County the authority to require cellphone towers to have emergency backup power to help improve our safety and resiliency in the aftermath of a storm.”

The resolution is part of a package of bills sponsored by Commissioner Levine Cava in response to the most common issues that residents in South Dade encountered before, during and after Hurricane Irma. Read more details in the Commissioner’s Hurricane Irma Report & Recommendations, an effort to improve Miami-Dade County’s future disaster response.

The resolution passed unanimously.