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Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) says he wants to make sure cell phone users don't lose service again after a major storm. 

In a Sunday afternoon press conference, the senator said Superstorm Sandy caused service disruption in several states and is asking the Federal Communication Commission to require that cellphone service providers have emergency power sources. 

Schumer said the FCC should work with the telecommunications industry and first responder groups to maximize reliability and minimize costs.   

Superstorm Sandy left nearly one in four cell phone customers without service for days. 

An FCC spokesman says the regulating body wants to take a serious look at requiring backup power.

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