By Phillipe Djegal / Kron 4
ORINDA (KRON) — The loss of cell phone service during public safety power shutoffs is unacceptable.
That’s the word from East Bay State Senator Steve Glazer.
During a news conference in Orinda Wednesday, Glazer announced proposed legislation to keep cell towers powered up when PG&E pulls the plug.
Depending on your cell phone carrier, in Orinda during last months PG&E public safety power shutoffs, you either got lucky and did not lose reception.
“We did not — but we had Verizon,” said resident Taylor Hurt.
Others struggled for service.
Andrea Picco works in Orinda and said the loss of service was very frustrating.
“I had to walk down to the corner to the stop sign and make a call,” she said.
The Federal Communications Commission says more than three-percent of the state’s cell sites were out of service due to the shutoffs at the end of october.