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December 13, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
Speaking as someone who's been known to whap a neighboring audience member with a rolled-up concert program for continuing to talk after the conductor has stepped up to the podium, I must say that the Federal Communication Commission's decision to consider lifting the ban on in-flight cellphone calls has gripped me with the chill hand of fear. Like many other Americans, including pretty much every member of the FCC itself, I find the thought of a neighboring air passenger "yapping at 35,000 feet" ghastly.
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BUSINESS
December 12, 2013 | By Hugo Martín
The Federal Communications Commission took a key step toward allowing cellphone calls on planes, but other government officials don't expect travelers will be chatting from 35,000 feet any time soon. Commissioners voted 3 to 2 on Thursday to allow public comment on a proposal to end a 22-year-old ban on mobile phone use on commercial flights. Chairman Tom Wheeler, who supports lifting the ban, said the decision is all about keeping up with new technology. But even Wheeler and the rest of the commission said they realize an FCC decision would not require airlines to allow cellphone calls.
BUSINESS
December 6, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - Amid growing concern about the hot-button issue of cellphone privacy, state regulators are considering whether California needs stronger protections. At issue before the Public Utilities Commission is whether it's time to update the state's more than two-decade-old telephone privacy rules, developed at the dawn of the hand-held cellphone era. Consumer groups have urged the five-member commission to open an investigation. But the wireless industry, led by giant AT&T Inc., is opposed to any changes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
Monterey Park found itself trending on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon, but perhaps not in the way it hoped. The city's Fire Department  sent out an emergency alert notification to thousands of people at 2:14 p.m. The alert caused a loud buzz on cellphones. It's the latest in a new emergency response system that uses push message to cellphones to get the word out about issues such as Amber Alerts and natural disasters. But the test caught many off-guard. Some took to social media to complain, poke fun and inquired about where Monterrey Park is on the map. “Did anyone else get this along with a blaring alarm?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
An armed man who barricaded himself in a La Crescenta Verizon store Friday and was involved in an hours-long standoff with authorities is dead, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. According to the Crescenta Valley sheriff's  station Twitter feed , “Suspect inside deceased apparently by his own hand.” Sheriff's deputies fired no shots, according to the station. The standoff began about 5 p.m. when the man barricaded himself in the cellphone store at the Marketplace Shopping Center in the 2600 block of Foothill Boulevard, said a spokeswoman at the sheriff's station.
OPINION
November 24, 2013
Re "Ban on in-flight calls may be lifted," Business, Nov. 22 Not only do I have to hear wailing babies, but now I may have to hear inane conversations from my seatmates as I am held prisoner in an airplane. Really? I don't think flight attendants have time to referee arguments between passengers who want peace and quiet and passengers who want to talk about Aunt Maisie's bunions. I will try to be patient, but that might just tip me over the edge. Jo Ann Michetti Rancho Palos Verdes If cellphone usage is allowed in-flight on airplanes, in the next presidential election I'll vote for whichever candidate runs on the "no cellphone usage in-flight" plank.
NEWS
November 22, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
Let me just say this about the possibility that the FCC will let people make cellphone calls on airplanes: Geronimooooooooooooo!!!! (Uh, no offense to Native Americans intended.) POLL: Should the FCC allow cellphone use in flight? Because if that happens, I'm jumpin'. A 21st century D.B. Cooper. But no parachute, thank you. At least I'll have some peace and quiet on the way down. The news broke late Thursday that, as my colleague Andrea Chang wrote: "The Federal Communications Commission is considering allowing fliers to make in-flight voice calls on their cellphones once the plane reaches 10,000 feet….
NEWS
November 22, 2013 | By Jon Healey
Giving voice to the outrage felt by many, my colleague Paul Whitefield blasted the Federal Communications Commission for considering a new rule that would allow airline passengers to use their cellphones in flight.  "Now I may have to hear the Valley girl on my left and the punk rocker on my right describe their BFF who's so LOL and their bitchin' night in Vegas? I'm gonna have to hear Grandpa Earl regale his kid with stories of his prostate problems?" an exasperated Whitefield (although that may be redundant)
BUSINESS
November 21, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
That screaming baby may no longer be the most annoying thing on your flight. The Federal Communications Commission is considering allowing fliers to make in-flight voice calls on their cellphones once the plane reaches 10,000 feet. The practice has long been banned on domestic flights, even as other rules governing mobile device use on flights have eased. The commission is scheduled to vote on whether to move forward with the proposal during a Dec. 12 meeting, according to two FCC officials who declined to be named because the plan had yet to be formally presented to the commission.
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