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FM Translator Interference Draft Order Includes 45 dBu Contour, Population-Based Complaint Minimums

The FCC’s draft order on FM translator interference would create a 45 dBu contour limit for interference complaints, establish a minimum number of such complaints based on population served, and allow translators to move channels with a minor change … Subscribe to Read >>

Washington State Privacy Bill Stumbles at Finish Line

Washington state’s controversial privacy bill is most likely dead for this session after the House missed a Wednesday deadline to vote it out of the chamber. “Without some extraordinary effort the bill will not be considered further by the … Subscribe to Read >>

Carriers Dodge Wyden on Location Data Breach Specifics, Describe Safety Benefits

T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T dodged Sen. Ron Wyden’s request for specifics on customer location data incidents in April 5 letters to the Oregon Democrat obtained by us Thursday. Instead, companies cited the life-saving benefits of sharing data with police … Subscribe to Read >>

Indiana Supreme Court Chief Asks if Forced Phone Decryption Erodes Fifth Amendment

The Indiana Supreme Court’s top justice appeared to bristle Thursday at Indiana’s view that individuals may not refuse to unlock their phones for law enforcement. “If we say that a citizen can be compelled to unlock their cellphone just … Subscribe to Read >>

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O'Rielly Tells 3 Governors to Stop 911 Fee Diversion

FCC Commissioner Mike O’Rielly urged New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island governors to end 911 fee shifting. “The practice of diverting 9-1-1 fees gives your states proverbial black eyes, harms public safety, and makes your states ineligible for funding to modernize your emergency call centers,” O'Rielly wrote in an April 5 letter, released Tuesday, to Democrats Andrew Cuomo of New York, Phil Murphy of New Jersey and Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island. The FCC said those states lead the practice (see 1812190059). “The mere act undermines the willingness of consumers, feeling duped by their local and state representatives, to support current levels and future raises in program spending, even when there is a compelling need to modernize individual systems,” O’Rielly said. Diversion reduces “overall support for the entire fee structure, even in areas outside your states,” and “shortchanges the budgets of emergency call centers and has prevented systems from being upgraded,” the commissioner said. The governors didn't comment.Read More >>

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