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FCC Creates Public Safety Interoperability Center

April 26, 2010 8:31 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

The FCC is moving ahead with a recommendation under its Broadband Plan to create a center dedicated to solving the long-standing issue of interoperability on public safety networks.

Public Safety Faces Capacity Crunch of Its Own

April 2, 2010 11:43 am | by Maisie Ramsay | Blogs | Comments

 The public safety community is not happy with the FCC. 

'Smart' Meters Have Security Holes

March 29, 2010 7:46 am | by Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Computer-security researchers say new "smart" meters that are designed to help deliver electricity more efficiently also have flaws that could let hackers tamper with the power grid in previously impossible ways.

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Spectrum, Public Safety Top Priorities in FCC Broadband Plan

March 16, 2010 8:11 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

The FCC's newly-unveiled National Broadband Plan could have a sweeping impact on the wireless industry, public safety and the Universal Service Fund (USF).

AT & T Says 'No' to Texting While Driving

March 8, 2010 7:00 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T today announced a campaign aimed at curtailing the unsafe practice of texting while driving.

Bits & Bytes - Quick Stats on Distracted Driving

March 7, 2010 4:29 pm | by Wireless Week Associate Editor Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

Percentage of drivers 16- to 24-years-old observed visibly manipulating handheld electronic devices while driving: 17...

FCC Wants Up to $16B for Public Safety Network

February 26, 2010 7:25 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski plans to allocate between $12 billion and $16 billion over the next 10 years to fund the deployment of an interoperable, nationwide public safety wireless broadband network.

Florida Ban on Texting & Driving Could Be Passed in 2010

February 26, 2010 7:12 am | by Tamara Lush, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

More than a dozen bills are pending in the Florida House and Senate; some call for a ban on texting, others, a ban on cell phone use entirely.

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Study: Distracted Driving Laws Don't Stop Crashes

February 1, 2010 7:11 am | by Joelle Tessler, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A new insurance industry study has found that state laws banning the use of handheld devices to make calls or send text messages while driving have not resulted in fewer vehicle crashes. 

New Organization Combats Distracted Driving

January 13, 2010 7:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Transportation Department and safety advocates joined Tuesday to announce the creation of FocusDriven...

Group Calls Ford System a Distraction

January 8, 2010 7:25 am | by Monica Alleven | News | Comments

Ford's new connected in-car system might seem revolutionary, but not everyone thinks it's such a great idea.

Opinion: Nuance A Success Driver for Ford

January 7, 2010 2:29 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

Nuance provides speech recognition for Ford drivers.  

FCC, FEMA Adopt Emergency Alert Standards

December 7, 2009 10:30 am | by Monica Alleven | News | Comments

The wireless industry will be working on delivering wireless emergency alerts thanks to federal government action today. The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the FCC announced the adoption of design specifications so that wireless carriers

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Survey: Over Half of Teens Text While Driving

October 19, 2009 8:10 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Sixty percent of teenagers admit to reading incoming text messages while driving, according to a study of teen driving habits conducted by Vlingo.

Thefts Beware - Intel Is On to You

October 16, 2009 10:21 am | Videos | Comments

Intel's Anti-Theft Solutions - Locking Down Laptops Everywhere.

Driving Distractions

October 14, 2009 1:23 pm | Blogs | Comments

What to do about drivers who text? And how much distraction can a driver take?

Opinion: Texting While Driving Needs a Technological Fix

October 2, 2009 8:20 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Efforts are under way for more state and local legislation to ban drivers from tapping out texts while behind the wheel.

Stop Sign Ahead for Texting While Driving?

October 1, 2009 8:20 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Targeting text messaging behind the wheel, the Obama administration plans to offer recommendations to address the growing traffic safety risk of distracted driving and the use of mobile devices by multitasking drivers.

Feds Weigh Cell Phone Ban for Bus, Truck Drivers

September 24, 2009 8:05 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Safety investigators told federal regulators three years ago that it was dangerous for bus drivers to talk on cell phones while driving and recommended a ban.

Funding Scarce for Next-Gen 911

September 16, 2009 11:00 am | by Maisie Ramsay | Articles | Comments

The future of next-generation, IP-enabled E911 is hampered by a lack of funding and momentum from both the public and private sectors.

Carriers Keep Up with Fire Demands

September 3, 2009 8:15 am | by Monica Alleven | News | Comments

With wildfires posing a threat to cell phone towers in Southern California earlier this week, at least a couple service providers report that their networks are performing well.

Texting, Driving Education at Forefront

September 2, 2009 8:05 am | by Monica Alleven | News | Comments

CTIA isn't the only group calling for more focus on education when it comes to texting while driving.

France Questions Apple About Imploding iPhones

August 28, 2009 8:25 am | by Rachel Kurowski, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

France's top trade official is meeting Friday with the financial director of Apple France to discuss several recent claims by iPhone users that their phone screens cracked or exploded.

Iowa 911 Call Center Becomes First to Accept Texts

August 6, 2009 8:00 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

An emergency call center in Waterloo, Iowa, became the first in the country to accept text messages sent to "911," starting Wednesday.

Lawmakers to Propose Ban on Driving While Texting

July 29, 2009 8:20 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

States would be required to ban driving while texting or face the loss of highway funds under legislation being pushed

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