Technology

Airlines race to allow devices during flights

Airlines are vying to be the first to allow their passengers to use electronic devices during the entire length of flights under new rules that were announced Thursday by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The FAA said it was moving to allow airline passengers to keep their portable electronic devices on from "gate-to-gate," as long as they are used in airplane mode. 

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Sen. Rockefeller urges caution in expanding airplane tablet use

The chairman of the Senate committee that oversees transportation issues said on Thursday that the Federal Aviation Administration's decision to expand the use of electronic devices on airplanes should be implemented cautiously. 

“Having access to e-mail or a movie is not worth compromising the safety of any flight," Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) said in a statement.

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FCC adopts TV rules for blind and deaf

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted rules that should make it easier for blind and deaf people to use their televisions.

The regulations finalize a major component of the agency’s effort to update the way that people with disabilities use modern technology like TV, smart phones and the Internet.

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FCC wants cell companies to disclose reliability during disasters

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is calling for companies providing cellphone service to tell consumers how reliable they are when disasters hit.

The commission on Thursday adopted a proposed regulation that will require wireless service providers to disclose what percentage of their cell sites are operational during and after disasters. 

That, the FCC said, will help consumers shopping for dependable service.

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GOP leaders protest FCC spectrum proposal

Republican leaders in the House Energy and Commerce Committee are opposing the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) attempt to change the way it calculates the viewership of some televison stations.

Reps. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Greg Walden (R-Ore.), the chairs of the panel and its subcommittee on Communications and Technology, wrote to acting FCC Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn on Thursday asking her not to change rules that determine when a group of television stations hit the limit for total national audience.

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