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FCC Seeking Public Comment on 911 Texts, Photos

The Federal Communications Commission voted Tuesday to seek public comment on ways to enable the country’s 911 system to receive text messages, pictures and videos. The 911 system only supports voice calls, but text and multimedia messaging has become commonplace. During the open hearing, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski referenced the …

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Limit Phone Calls During Emergencies, FCC Says

Echoing advice from the Federal Emergency Management Agency ahead of Hurricane Irene, the Federal Communications Commission advised consumers to limit phone calls during emergencies Saturday. The FCC warned consumers that more people try to use wireless and landline telephones during emergencies, creating network congestion. The FCC recommended keeping non-emergency calls …

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FCC to Probe Cell Phone Problems After Quake

The Federal Communications Commission will investigate reports that some wireless calls to 911 could not get through because of congestion on cell networks after Tuesday’s East Coast earthquake. Broadcasting & Cable reports FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has directed the agency’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau to collaborate with wireless …

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NSA Lawyer Quizzed over Cell Tracking at Senate Committee Hearing

The government could use cellular data to track the location of Americans as they move around the U.S., National Security Agency General Counsel Matthew Olsen said Tuesday. The Wall Street Journal reports Olsen discussed the possibility at a confirmation hearing in the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Olsen has been …

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FCC Helps Globetrotters Cut International Cellphone Bills

Monday did not only mark the beginning of the summer but it also introduced the Wireless World Travel Week, kicking off a busy season for Americans who travel internationally. To help globetrotting consumers save money, the Federal Communications Commission is using the Wireless World Travel Week to offer tips on …

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