Federal Communications Commission

(AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

Mixed signals over in-flight use of cellphones

WASHINGTON (AP) — When it comes to deciding whether airline passengers can use their cellphones in flight, federal agencies are sending different signals to consumers. The Transportation Department, which regulates aviation consumer issues, indicated in […]

02/22/2014

A traveler waits for her flight in Detroit. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Delta: No voice calls on our planes

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Delta Air Lines won’t allow passengers to make voice calls from its planes. Right now, federal rules prohibit voice calls on planes. But the government is indicating that it might loosen those […]

12/18/2013

A traveler waits for her flight in Detroit. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Strong opposition to in-flight calls

WASHINGTON (AP) — As federal regulators consider removing a decades-old prohibition on making phone calls on planes, a majority of Americans who fly oppose such a change, a new Associated Press-GfK poll finds. The Federal […]

12/11/2013

Ella Russell, 7, works on an e-book on an iPad during her second grade class at Jamestown Elementary School in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Tech gurus help boost speedy Internet in schools

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Needed to keep a school building running these days: Water, electricity — and broadband. Interactive digital learning on laptops and tablets is replacing traditional textbooks in many cases. Students are taking […]

12/04/2013

A passenger check his cell phone while boarding a flight, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, in Boston.  (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

FCC chairman says he even opposes in-flight calls

NEW YORK (AP) — A day after setting off an uproar among travelers opposed to the idea of in-flight phone calls, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission Chairman backtracked, saying he personally isn’t in […]

11/22/2013

A passenger checks her cell phone before a flight, Oct. 31, 2013, in Boston.  (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Gov’t weighs permitting cellphone calls on planes

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Rules against making cellphone calls during airline flights are “outdated,” and it’s time to change them, federal regulators said Thursday, drawing immediate howls of protest from flight attendants, airline officials and […]

11/21/2013

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta announces that government safety rules are changing to let airline passengers use most electronic devices from gate-to-gate during a news conference, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, at Washington's Ronald Reagan National Airport.  (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

FAA OKs air passengers using gadgets on planes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Airline passengers will be able to use their electronic devices gate-to-gate to read, work, play games, watch movies and listen to music — but not talk on their cellphones — under much-anticipated […]

10/31/2013

Boeing 787 Dreamliner (AP Photo)

FAA to weigh easing limits on electronic devices

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the blessing of an influential advisory panel, federal regulators are closer to letting airline passengers use their smartphones, tablets, e-readers and other electronic gadgets during takeoffs and landings. The 28-member FAA […]

09/27/2013

Parents Television Council logo

Study: TV’s female characters are sexual targets

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Teenage female characters are sexual fodder for broadcast network TV series, especially comedies, according to an advocacy group’s new study. An examination of 238 sitcoms and dramas airing during four weeks […]

07/09/2013

US President Barack Obama (AP Photo)

Obama to visit NC school, fundraise in California

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama called on federal regulators Thursday to help turn the nation’s classrooms into digital learning centers by equipping schools with broadband and high-speed Internet connections at a cost of several […]

06/06/2013

Maggie and Michael sound bite

New research finds increase of nudity on network TV during primetime

New research from the Parents Television Council shows that blurred or pixilated full nudity is increasingly being shown on primetime broadcast television shows, and that almost 70% of this type of nudity is being shown […]

06/05/2013

Julius Genachowski (AP Photo)

FCC Chairman Genachowski to step down

NEW YORK (AP) — The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Julius Genachowski, announced his resignation in the “coming weeks.” The country’s top telecommunications regulator told a staff meeting of his decision Friday morning.

03/22/2013

more