Cell Phone Manufacturers Ask FCC To Not Require FM On Mobile Devices
July 23, 2012 at 3:40 AM (PT)
The battle between those representing cell phone manufacturers and broadcasters spilled over to a letter sent to the FCC last week.
APPLE, CTIA, HTC, MOTOROLA, NOKIA, PCD, RIM and SAMSUNG, who supply more than 85% of consumer mobile devices in the U.S., sent a letter to the FCC Commissioners asking them to "continue to follow the light regulatory touch for wireless and decline the pleas from NAB to include FM chips in devices beyond those that are already available in the U.S." As these manufacturers state in the letter, "if consumers want to listen to FM radio on their wireless devices, there are a number of options in the marketplace now."
To read the letter, click here.
NAB EVP/Communications DENNIS WHARTON told ALL ACCESS, "It's disappointing given the unreliability of cellphones in times of crisis that CTIA would resist embracing an idea that can save lives. We know that four out of five Americans want local radio activated in mobile devices. CTIA members should put public safety above profits, do the right thing, and voluntarily light up radio chips."