Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 25th Aug 2010 22:19 UTC
Multimedia, AV A couple of days ago we talked about how the RIAA and NAB are planning on asking US Congress to mandate FM radio chips inside every cell phone. This plan was met with some ridicule, so the NAB decided to write a blog post addressing the critics. Most of the post is overshadowed by an overdose of America's favourite national pastime: WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE. 9/11!
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RE: Dennis, you're a jacka@@
by Morgan on Thu 26th Aug 2010 12:05 UTC in reply to "Dennis, you're a jacka@@"
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As much as I loathe government mandated nonsense, you do make an excellent point. Coming from a nearly lifelong amateur radio background myself (growing up around it and getting licensed early in my adult life) I can see where an FM receiver in a phone could come in handy in emergencies, as well as being a nice feature at other times. The phone I want to go to next, the N900, has both a receiver and transmitter on the FM bands.

However, I think if the NAB is going to try to use emergency communications as an argument, they should be willing to consider seeking a mandate on true emergency bands, like 121.5MHz, the international aeronautical emergency band, or better yet 138.225MHz, which is FEMA's natural disaster broadcast band. Unfortunately, I don't see the NAB and certainly not the RIAA calling for inclusion of these true emergency bands. That makes their entire "for your own safety" argument suspect in my eyes, and it falls back to their original overt reasons: It's all about government mandated money in their pockets.

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