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Default FCC Asks Apple to Turn On iPhone FM Chips In Hurricane-Devastated Areas

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) wants Apple's help with hurricane relief efforts in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
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The tech giant should remotely activate the FM radio frequency chips in its customers' iPhones so that they can get access to news through FM radio while damaged cellular towers are being repaired, FCC chairman Ajit Pai said in a statement on Thursday. The chips have been turned off in iPhones for years, but in areas where cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity is down, they could be critical for getting information.
FCC Tells Apple to Activate iPhone Chip for Hurricane Relief | Fortune.com
This is good.
I mean how can they not?

It's unclear why Apple (AAPL, -0.67%), unlike many other companies, has not turned on the feature. The company did not immediately respond to a Fortune request for comment on the matter. However, Pai said the company needs to act swiftly."I am asking Apple to activate the FM chips that are in its iPhones," Pai said. "It is time for Apple to step up to the plate and put the safety of the American people first."
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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) wants Apple's help with hurricane relief efforts in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

FCC Tells Apple to Activate iPhone Chip for Hurricane Relief | Fortune.com
This is good.
I mean how can they not?

It's unclear why Apple (AAPL, -0.67%), unlike many other companies, has not turned on the feature. The company did not immediately respond to a Fortune request for comment on the matter. However, Pai said the company needs to act swiftly."I am asking Apple to activate the FM chips that are in its iPhones," Pai said. "It is time for Apple to step up to the plate and put the safety of the American people first."
While the basic idea has some merits, with no electricity for as long as they have been out, most phones are dead, or what little they are able to charge them, won't be for listening to news.

A friend who lives in San Juan made it safely into the mountains, above the worst of it, which we finally found out two days ago, via relay from friend, to fisherman whose boat survived it, who went over to St. Thomas, who gave a list of information to relay to someone who had internet access.
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While the basic idea has some merits, with no electricity for as long as they have been out, most phones are dead, or what little they are able to charge them, won't be for listening to news.

A friend who lives in San Juan made it safely into the mountains, above the worst of it, which we finally found out two days ago, via relay from friend, to fisherman whose boat survived it, who went over to St. Thomas, who gave a list of information to relay to someone who had internet access.
car chargers!
glad your friend is safe
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Somehow the ham radio operators are getting power for their ham sets...

... was on local news that ham operator here has been getting through.

Local news story said Puerto Rican trucking companies are hiring drivers...

... to deliver relief supplies.
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If your car didn't need a snorkel.....

Thanks, so are we.
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