Phone Companies Told to Save Evidence Tied to California Wildfires

California regulators are directing Verizon Wireless, AT&T and other communication companies to preserve any evidence and records that could potentially be linked to Northern California wildfires that killed 35 people.

In a letter Friday, the state Public Utilities Commission told the companies to preserve failed or damaged poles, conductors or other equipment or documents that might be related to the fires.

The agency sent a similar letter Thursday to the state’s largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric Co.

California officials are investigating downed power lines and other utility equipment as possible causes of wildfires.

The order was also sent to Sprint, T-Mobile West, Frontier Communications of California and Comcast Phone of California.

Source: Associated Press

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