Broadcasters look to participate in FCC hearings on storm damage

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Superstorm Sandy knocked out about one in four cell towers in its path, leaving many New Yorkers without any way to communicate. Many people who had cellphone service lost power and were unable to charge their phones.

The hearings will begin early next year and will take place in regions throughout the country that have been hit by natural disasters, beginning with New York, the FCC said.

"I am pleased to report that local radio and television stations from the Carolinas to Maine provided a remarkably resilient lifeline during Hurricane Sandy," Smith wrote. "In many cities and for millions of people in Sandy's path, broadcasters were the only source of information during those difficult days. Many stations provided continuous coverage of the storm, day after day, in an effort to serve their local communities."