BART Adopts Cell Shut-Down Rules, FCC Investigates
The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) agency has approved a set of guidelines which will be used to determine whether or not to shut off cellular services along its routes. The shut down would occur "only in the most extraordinary circumstances that threaten the safety of District passengers, employees and other members of the public, the destruction of District property, or the substantial disruption of public transit service." The guidelines are being adopted in the wake of a service shut down that occurred in August when the BART attempted to disrupt a planned protest. The federal government, however, is going to examine the BART's guidelines. "For interruption of communications service to be permissible or advisable, it must clear a high substantive and procedural bar," wrote Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski. "The legal and policy issues raised by the type of wireless service interruption at issue here are significant and complex. I have asked Commission staff to review these critical issues and consider the constraints that the Communications Act, First Amendment, and other laws and policies place upon potential service interruptions. We will soon announce an open, public process to provide guidance on these issues."
Appeals Court Upholds FCC's Net Neutrality Rules
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia today upheld the FCC's 2015 net neutrality rules.
CTIA Loses Cell Radiation Labeling Fight In Berkeley
A judge sided with the City of Berkeley in a law concerning cell phone radiation and labeling in stores. Berkeley won an initial ruling earlier this year that requires cell phone retailers to put up signs that spell out the possible risks of using cellular devices.
Houses Passes Bill that Could Cripple FCC's Net Neutrality Rules
The U.S. House of Representatives today passed bill HR 2666, which could interfere with the FCC's ability to enforce net neutrality provisions.
Verizon CEO Slams FCC, Wants Congress In Charge
Verizon Communications CEO Lowell McAdam pleaded with Congress to "re-take responsibility for policymaking in the Internet ecosystem" in a letter sent Friday to the House and Senate Commerce committees. Lowell pointed to the FCC's recently proposed net neutrality rules and Dish Network's "abuse" of the AWS-3 bidding process as indicators that things have gone off the rails.