FCC Seeking Guidance on Cutting off Cellphone Services
As per recent reports, it has been claimed that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is formulating a review on when or whether the police department as well as other government authorities can deliberately break off cellphone as well as internet services for the sake of protecting the safety of public.
The transit system soon induced a world of interruptions in services without providing any kind of pre-time notice to the FCC or CPUC, the California Public Utilities Commission. The disruption was in expectation of complaints at BART stations in reaction to the immensely deadly shelling done on a man earlier in July by a police official from BART.
While expressing his opinion in this regard, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said, in one of his statements, that this kind of a shutdown plays a strange role when it comes to raising grave legal as well as policy concerns, and must therefore address a real high bar.
Earlier on Thursday, the commission made an appeal to the public for seeking their comments over the matter, which had resulted in spreading a wave of widespread awareness during August last year when the San Francisco Bay-based Area Rapid Transit called off its cellphone services for as many as three hours at a few of its stations all over the region in order to hold back their scheduled protests there.
He further made it clear that “The F. C. C., as the agency with oversight of our communications networks, is committed to preserving their availability and openness, and to harnessing communications technologies to protect the public”. Among a variety of concerns over which the FCC is soliciting remarks, the biggest issue is whether or not FCC holds any sort of authority on the matter.
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