[telecom] FCC asks Apple: please turn on the FM radios in iPhones

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Note this is an "ask". If the FCC was serious, they could simply call
their friends at the various federal procurement offices and tell them
to only use "smartphones" that have FM radios active.

[FCC press release]


WASHINGTON, September 28, 2017--Federal Communications Commission Chairman  
Ajit Pai released the following statement today calling on Apple to  
activate the FM chips that are in iPhones to promote public safety:

"In recent years, I have repeatedly called on the wireless industry to  
activate the FM chips that are already installed in almost all smart  
phones sold in the United States. And I've specifically pointed out the  
public safety benefits of doing so. In fact, in my first public speech  
after I became Chairman, I observed that '[y]ou could make a case for  
activating chips on public safety grounds alone.' When wireless networks  
go down during a natural disaster, smartphones with activated FM chips can  
allow Americans to get vital access to life-saving information. I applaud  
those companies that have done the right thing by activating the FM chips  
in their phones.

"Apple is the one major phone manufacturer that has resisted doing so.  
But I hope the company will reconsider its position, given the devastation  
wrought by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. That's why I am asking  
Apple to activate the FM chips that are in its iPhones. It is time for  
Apple to step up to the plate and put the safety of the American people  
first. As the Sun Sentinel of South Florida put it, 'Do the right thing,  
Mr. Cook. Flip the switch. Lives depend on it.'"




(FCC papers are usually available in PDF, quasi-text, and "Word" format.
The URLs are typically identical except for the trailing extension)

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Re: [telecom] FCC asks Apple: please turn on the FM radios in iPhones (Correction)

Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2017 12:53:30 -0400
Subject: [telecom] FCC asks Apple: please turn on the FM radios in iPhones

Moderator's Note: This post, which was sent yesterday, had an
incorrect URL for the MS Word version of the FCC document. The
corrected URL is:


Bill Horne

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