Two Legislators Introduce New Resolution Opposing Radio Tuners In Mobile Devices
April 19, 2011 at 7:06 AM (PT)
Reps. DARRELL ISSA (R-CA) and ANNA ESHOO (D-CA) have introduced a resolution opposing the requirement that broadcast tuners be included in manufacture of wireless devices. The resolution is "H. Con. Res. 42."
Numerous trade groups have previously come out against the idea. Last SUMMER (NET NEWS 8/23/2010), six IT and mobile trade groups, including the CONSUMER ELECTRONICS ASSOCIATION (CEA) and mobile organization CTIA, sent a letter to the Chairmen and Ranking members of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, where they blasted the proposal to mandate FM chips in all mobile devices. Referring to radio and records, they wrote, "It is simply wrong for two entrenched industries to resolve their differences by agreeing to burden a third industry -- which has no relationship to or other interest in the performance royalty dispute -- with a costly, ill-considered and unnecessary new mandate. The proposed imposition of an FM chip mandate is not necessary for resolution of the dispute between performance artists and broadcasters."
In regards to the new legislation, PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE Pres. GIGI B. SOHN commented, "We are pleased to support Reps. ISSA and ESHOO on their resolution. PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE has long opposed the type of tech mandates like the requirement that broadcast tuners be included in wireless devices. If manufacturers wish to include tuners, they are free to do so. There is no reason for them to be forced to do so."
NAB Still Supports Adding Radio To Mobile Devices
NAB EVP DENNIS WHARTON added, "NAB would prefer that cell phone carriers voluntarily add radio chips to mobile devices. For public safety reasons alone, it makes perfect sense to enable cell phones with inexpensive radio chips."