FCC Keeps Cellular Outage Reports Secret

Wouldn’t it be nice to definitively know which cellphone network had the fewest outages?

The good news is that the FCC has collected this information since 2004. The bad news is that they won’t release it, even after MSNBC filed a Freedom of Information Act request (which any citizen can do online, here) citing “national security risks.”

Disclosing the reports risks but one thing: that consumers will use the information to make informed purchases. — BEN POPKEN

Why Cell Phone Outage Reports Are Secret [The Red Tape Chronicles] (Thanks to Paul!)


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  1. 24fan24 says:

    MSNBC should sue for abusing FOIA.

  2. 24fan24 says:

    Rather MSNBC should sue the FTC for not honoring the FOIA request.

  3. 24fan24 says:

    Rather, MSNBC should sue the FTC for violating FOIA.

  4. inzain says:

    Rather, MSBNBC should sue FTC for breaking the FOIA.

  5. Grrrrrrr, now with two buns made of bacon. says:

    Since when is a cell outage considered to be a national security risk?

    “Sorry, general..our 200 million dollar super-secret military satellite communications system is out, but here, you can use my Sprint phone.”

  6. Plasmafire says:

    MSNBC can sue the FCC for violating a law congress passed a few years ago mandating that the FCC must disclose all cellular outages. To date this law has not been repealed and is still in full effect. The FCC can be brought before a full congressional inquiry as to why it feels that information congress decided was not endangering national security is not being released. The FCC seems to be saying to congress screw you and your laws. The FCC must be punished.