Verizon wireless is experiencing several outages in the North Iowa area today. This is but another reason why Amateur Radio is a great idea for back up communications. During a training session today the discussion turned to Verizon’s problem as it was affecting that county. We as Amateur Radio operators can assist in instances such as these. Cellular communications are now a huge part of local communications and the old wire telephone is nearly a thing of the past. Keep your radio skills sharp, encourage others to get licensed and join the hobby. Amateur radio still can play a large role in communications when these infrastructures go down.