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US Court of Appeals – No decision on FCC’s emergency power rules

On July 8, the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit declined to act on the CTIA’s request to block the FCC rules on emergency power of telecom sites (including cell sites).

From the order:

RANDOLPH, Circuit Judge: Hurricane Katrina exposed several weaknesses in the Gulf Coast’s communications infrastructure, among which was the loss of . . . → Read More: US Court of Appeals – No decision on FCC’s emergency power rules

It’s all about the iPhone, baby!

Okay, there, I’ve created a post about the iPhone 3G. I guess I had to.

Alright, it’s great technology.

Yeah, it’s a hip device.

Sure, the new one is cheaper than the original, but isn’t that always the case?

Uh, huh, there are many new features (including what appears to be a very smart GPS . . . → Read More: It’s all about the iPhone, baby!

T-Mobile’s Plan to Construct A Cemetery Cell Dies

T-Mobile’s plans to construct a new cell site at an old cemetery in Stoneham, MA have died. Omnipoint Communications, T-Mobile’s parent proposed an 80-foot tower in St. Patrick Parish’s cemetery at Broadway and MacArthur Road. See the Google Street View map below for a photo. View a Google Street Map of the Site

According to . . . → Read More: T-Mobile’s Plan to Construct A Cemetery Cell Dies

Hands Free Comes to the Golden State

Welcome to California. Now put down the cell phone when you’re driving. That law is now in effect here in the Golden State. No warning period; just get a ticket.

Now that this law is in effect, if you are in a fatal accident (with other than you being the fatality), you can be charged . . . → Read More: Hands Free Comes to the Golden State

“Can you find me now? Good! Can You Find Me Now? Good!”

ACLU And EFF Sue Justice Department To Uncover Records Of Cell Phone Tracking (7/1/2008)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: (212) 549-2666; media@aclu.org

WASHINGTON – The American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a lawsuit today urging a federal court to order the Department of Justice (DOJ) to turn over records related to . . . → Read More: “Can you find me now? Good! Can You Find Me Now? Good!”

Itll cst u mor 2 txt on tmbl

T-Mob is razing noplan txting fe on 8-29. The nu chg is 20 cts pr msg if u go ovr the alotd nbr of msgs in ur bse plan. O joy.

jlk

Tower Climbing: The Most Deadly Job in the US

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (with additional data from WirelessEstimator.com), the Discovery Channel has it all wrong: The deadliest job in the U.S. isn’t fishing; it’s tower climbing.

As reported in the July 7, 2008 edition of RCR news, the top three deadliest jobs are:

#1 Tower erectors/climbers: 183.6 deaths per 100,000 (18 . . . → Read More: Tower Climbing: The Most Deadly Job in the US

Does your cell phone give away your location?

That’s a common question, and the simple answer is, ‘sometimes yes; sometime no.’

Cell phones regularly transmit update information back to the mobile telephone switching office (MTSO). This data is sent when you turn on your phone, at regular intervals while the phone is turned on but not in use, and when you turn off . . . → Read More: Does your cell phone give away your location?

We’ll Leave the Lights On For You, but WiFi Will Cost

Motel 6 will may be keeping the lights on for you, but Internet connectivity from their hotels will cost you extra.

AT&T has entered into a contract with Motel 6 to provide managed Internet services. It’s likely what the PR-speak (below) actually means is that AT&T will provide connectivity to the hotels so that . . . → Read More: We’ll Leave the Lights On For You, but WiFi Will Cost

Elements of Bad Wireless Site Design

And now, another entry into Kramer’s “Elements of Bad Wireless Site Design.” T-Mobile constructed a wireless site at a church in Milton, Mass. The antennas are installed so that they are visible in the church’s tower. The photo here, taken by my colleague, Claude shows the antenna as visibly installed, and then I’ve overlaid a . . . → Read More: Elements of Bad Wireless Site Design