Public Safety Orgs Want DTV Delay to Exclude 700Mhz
A number of public safety organizations have beseeched President-elect Barack Obama to not include the 700MHz spectrum set aside for public safety networks from any potential delay of the transition to DTV. Public safety groups have been anxiously awaiting the availability of this spectrum to move forward with new communications systems for police, fire, and emergency medical purposes. FCC Chairman Kevin Martin recently spoke out against the proposed delay, as did the CTIA.
Facebook Adds to Safety Check's Tool Belt
Facebook today updated its Safety Check feature by rounding out the set of tools found within. To start, it is now possible to start and/or support a fundraiser directly from within Safety Check.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to Resign In January
Tom Wheeler, who has served as Chairman of the FCC for the past three years, announced plans to step down in January. "Serving as FCC Chairman during this period of historic technological change has been the greatest honor of my professional life," said Wheeler in a statement.
FCC Proposes Updates to Emergency Alerts
The FCC wants to see wireless emergency alerts used more effectively and proposed several changes to improve them. Wireless emergency alerts have been used since 2012 to warn people about severe weather or other safety threats, alert them to missing children, and deliver other information via text messages.
FCC Fines Verizon $5 Million for Failed Rural Calls
The FCC today said it has fined Verizon $5 million for failing to investigate claims of low call connection rates in rural areas. According to the FCC, Verizon didn't look into consumer complaints over an eight month period in 2013 regarding failed wireless and wired calls in 26 rural regions.
T-Mobile Fined $17.5 Million Over 911 Outage
T-Mobile has settled with the FCC regarding two separate 911 outages on its national wireless network that prevented customers from reaching emergency services for a period of three hours. T-Mobile agreed to pay the FCC $17.5 million in fines and take steps to improve the strength of its network and 911 services.
Are they really that stupid??
because lots of older seniors dont know about it?
make every analog TV stations brecast this fixed message after DTV transaction day!
"in order to view regular programing, you need to call this 1800-ORDER-Converter box to view programing"
Why exclude the 700 spectrum?
Because the years of warning wasn't enough...
The boxes are dirt cheap, and digital cable/sat TV both come with boxes if you get the service.
If people don't have their boxes by now, well then they will have to get them or they might go without their locals.... the shame.