FCC Commissioner Rosenworcel Backs Radio-Enabled Mobile Devices
November 19, 2015 at 1:15 PM (PT)
During the FCC's consideration of an NPRM (Notice Of Proposed Rulemaking) regarding improving the effectiveness of wireless emergency alerts at today's OPEN COMMISSION MEETING, Commissioner JESSICA ROSENWORCEL spoke favorably about radio-enabled mobile devices and their potential for disseminating information during emergencies.
ROSENWORCEL commented: "I also hope progress continues on other fronts. Because we can strengthen our security even further by having active FM chips in our Smartphones. There are market developments right now that are making these chips more available and we should encourage these industry discussions to continue."
NAB EVP Communications DENNIS WHARTON issued the following statement: "NAB salutes Commissioner ROSENWORCEL for her comments. We look forward to voluntary activation of radio chips in all smartphones."
AT&T and T-MOBILE recently announced that they would activate radio chips on their ANDROID devices, while SPRINT began the practice in 2013.
FEMA Admininstrator CRAIG FUGATE, HOUSE SUBCOMMITTEE ON COMMUNICATIONSAND TECHNOLOGY's GREG WALDEN (R-OR), HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE Ranking Member BENNIE THOMPSON (D-MS) and TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE Ranking Member PETER DeFAZIO (D-OR), Rep. ANDRE CARSON (D-IN), and members of the CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS have all previously voiced support for the activation of radio chips in Smartphones.