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FCC Chairman: Cell Phone Calls On Planes Up To Each Airline

As one part of the federal government looks to remove restrictions on making phone calls from airplanes, another agency is apparently considering its own prohibition.

12/12/2013

Federal Communications Commission hearing on communications failures from superstorm Sandy - U.S. Customs House in Lower Manhattan - Feb. 5, 2013 (credit: Alex Silverman / WCBS 880)

FCC Holds Hearings On Sandy Communication Failures

In addition to the physical devastation of superstorm Sandy, communications were disabled for many and the Federal Communications Commission is now holding hearings to try and prevent those failures in the future.

02/05/2013

Sen. Schumer FCC news conference Nov. 18, 2012 (credit: Monica Miller/WCBS 880)

Sen. Schumer: Cell Towers Should Have Backup Power To Prevent Widespread Service Outages Like After Sandy

Schumer said a nationwide plan to require power reserves for cell towers would help ensure no disruption in coverage following severe weather, a terrorist attack or any other events that may cause power failures.

11/18/2012

Cell phone tower (file/credit: Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

Cell Phone Outages ‘Could Get Worse’ As Company Offers Free Cell Charging Stations

One company is coming to the rescue in Manhattan, offering free cell phone charging stations at bars north of 39th Street in the borough.

10/31/2012

Rep. Steve Israel (left) holds cell phone used in hacking demonstration at his Hauppauge, NY office on Monday, June 4, 2012 (credit: Mona Rivera/1010 WINS)

Rep. Israel Wants FCC To Require Cell Carriers To Have Password Protected Voicemail

Rep. Steve Israel demonstrated how hackers can go to a “spoofing” site, enter a cell phone number and gain access to that number’s voice messeges.

06/04/2012

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Cellular Companies, FCC Crack Down On Cellphone Thefts

Sen. Charles Schumer said cellular carriers will be able to permanently disable a phone once it has been reported stolen using a database of unique identification numbers.

04/10/2012

Unhappy Woman On Cell Phone (file / credit: clipart.com)

Warning: Cell Phone E-Mail Is A Fraud

If you received an e-mail saying cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketers on January 31, hit delete.

01/13/2012

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announces new emergency alert system set to launch in NYC, May 10, 2011 (credit: Marla Diamond/WCBS 880)

National Emergency Alert System Set To Launch In NYC

A new national alert system is set to begin in New York City that will alert the public to emergencies via cell phones.

05/10/2011

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Broadcasters Keep Upper Hand In TV Disputes

A recent spate of TV blackouts and the lack of government intervention suggests that broadcasters have the upper hand over TV signal providers when it comes to negotiating fees.

10/31/2010

Cablevision and Fox Logos - Photos: AP, Vince Bucci/Getty Images

Fox, Cablevision Reach Agreement To End┬áBlackout

Fox says it has reached an agreement with Cablevision that will restore programing to more than 3 million New York-area subscribers.

WFAN–10/30/2010

James Dolan (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Fox-Cablevision Impasse Threatens World Series

Fox is threatening to sue Cablevision Systems Corp. amid a dispute that has left the cable TV provider’s 3 million subscribers without Fox programming for more than a week.

WFAN–10/27/2010

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FCC: Are Cablevision, Fox Negotiating In ‘Good Faith?’

With a contract dispute still keeping Fox programming off Cablevision systems, federal regulators are demanding information from both companies about the details of their negotiations.

10/22/2010

Cablevision and Fox Logos - Photos: AP, Vince Bucci/Getty Images

Behind Cablevision-Fox Tiff, A Broader Strategy

The contract dispute that has left 3 million Cablevision subscribers without Fox programming since the weekend may be just one move in a broader chess match between broadcast TV companies and subscription TV providers.

WFAN–10/20/2010

A family watches a Presidential debate on an analog television - El Paso, TX - Oct 3, 2000 - Photo: Joe Raedle/Newsmakers

Senate Votes To Lower Volume On TV Commercials

Legislation to turn down the volume on loud TV commercials that send couch potatoes diving for their remote controls looks like it’ll soon become law.

09/30/2010