City of Oakland, FCC identify source of police radio interference: AT&T
On Tuesday, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that local officials, in collaboration with investigators from the Federal Communications Commission, have now found the culprit to the Oakland Police Department’s ongoing public safety radio woes: AT&T.
Last week, FCC and the City of Oakland notified the mobile network that its towers were interfering with the radios, but the problem got significantly worse when a police car found itself within a quarter-mile of a tower. (That is, according to David Cruise, the city’s newly-hired public safety systems adviser, as reported by the Chronicle).
“If the officer is in an area close to one of their cell sites, essentially the cell site overpowers their radios,” he told the paper.