In rural areas like ours, we're so far from the the Central Office, the lines are on amplifiers. So if power goes out, the landlines go down. The FCC has already gotten the local OTA TV broadcasters to relocate their transmission frequencies for to give more spectrum to the telco's. Which is my opinion, is a total waste of time, given that most of the OTA TV stations in this area are Canadian. The FCC would be hard pressed to re-allocate the microwave oven band if NAB puts up a fight. Both law enforcement and commercial TV use 2.4-2.5 GHz for transmitting video LOS. The adjacent amateur bands are low hanging fruit for the telco's. There is already an overlap at 2.305 - 2.310 GHz. Prolonged power outages in the Northeast have occurred, especially during winter ice storms (freezing rain). Supporting served agencies by transmitting documents such as maps, photos, lists on LOS links during a prolonged power outage is a capability that needs to be maintained. In my opinion, the amateur bands near 2.4 GHz will soon be vulnerable as well.