Bill would require backup power for some cell towers

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

When Pacific Gas & Electric turned the power off last October, more than half of the cell towers in Marin went out of service. In response, the Board of Supervisors last month endorsed a state bill that would mandate telecommunication providers have backup power for their cell towers in high fire-threat areas. Introduced by State Senator Mike McGuire last year, Senate Bill 431 would require the California Public Utilities Commission to develop performance standards for backup power, including a minimum operating life of 72 hours and a means to warn customers when the backup system is low.