News On the Rocks: Ajit Pai - From His Transistor Radio, to FCC ChairmanA kid who grew up listening to radio is now in control of it. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai was the child of immigrants from India who arrived in the United States with nothing but a transistor radio and $10.
Senators To NFL: Drop The 'Blackout Rule' Or We MightThe Federal Communications Commission voted this fall to stop enforcing the NFL's blackout policy, but the action did not end blackouts, which are written into the NFL's private contracts with broadcast and cable companies.
Marriott Fined $600,000 For Jamming Guests' Wi-Fi NetworksMarriott International will pay the government a $600,000 fine for jamming conference attendees' own Wi-Fi networks at one of its hotels, forcing them instead to pay as much as $1,000 each to use the hotel's own connection.
911 Text Technology Coming By Year's End Under Federal StatuteThe text 911 technology rolled out Thursday in several upstate New York counties and will soon arrive closer to home.
FCC Chairman: Cell Phone Calls On Planes Up To Each AirlineAs one part of the federal government looks to remove restrictions on making phone calls from airplanes, another agency is apparently considering its own prohibition.
FCC Holds Hearings On Sandy Communication FailuresIn 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.
Sen. Schumer: Cell Towers Should Have Backup Power To Prevent Widespread Service Outages Like After SandySchumer 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.
Cell Phone Outages 'Could Get Worse' As Company Offers Free Cell Charging StationsOne company is coming to the rescue in Manhattan, offering free cell phone charging stations at bars north of 39th Street in the borough.
Rep. Israel Wants FCC To Require Cell Carriers To Have Password Protected VoicemailRep. 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.
Cellular Companies, FCC Crack Down On Cellphone TheftsSen. 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.
Warning: Cell Phone E-Mail Is A FraudIf you received an e-mail saying cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketers on January 31, hit delete.
National Emergency Alert System Set To Launch In NYCA new national alert system is set to begin in New York City that will alert the public to emergencies via cell phones.