ICYMI: California withdraws ‘text tax’ after FCC ruling
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California regulators have canceled a plan to charge a fee for text messaging on mobile phones.
The California Public Utilities Commission reversed course after a Federal Communications Commission ruling last week classified text messaging as an information service and not a telecommunications service. The federal Telecommunications Act limits state authority over information services.
California mulls texting fee to help poor people get phones
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California regulators are considering a plan to charge a fee for text messaging on mobile phones to help support programs that make phone service accessible to the poor, according to a newspaper report Wednesday.
The proposal is scheduled for a vote next month by the state Public Utilities Commission, the Mercury News reported.
SoftBank cell functions down for several hours in Japan
TOKYO (AP) — Some users of SoftBank cellphones had problems calling and text messaging for several hours in Japan on Thursday ahead of the company's IPO which is set to be among the world's biggest at about $21 billion.
The mobile service's problems started in the early afternoon and were gradually being fixed, according to SoftBank Corp. spokesman Naomasa Suzuki.
Sioux Falls upgrades text messaging system for snow alerts
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Sioux Falls is launching a new snow alert text messaging system designed to notify residents about when their streets will be plowed after significant snowfalls.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota law enforcement and school officials have unveiled an anonymous text messaging program aimed at improving school safety.
Attorney General Marty Jackley and other officials announced Thursday the implementation of the new school-safety element of Project Stand Up. The texting program available across South Dakota lets people submit tips as part of a coordinated effort between districts and law enforcement.
COLUMBUS — Columbus Morning Rotary is taking on a project to promote safe driving.
The group is installing 35 metal signs at local schools that remind students and parents to buckle up and not text while driving.
Vermonters in crisis can now send text messages for help
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Mental Health says people in crisis in the state can now send a text message to people trained to help them.
The new, 24-house Crisis Text Line provides round-the-clock support, seven days a week by providing access to the counselors via text messaging.
The service is being offered through a partnership between the Vermont Department of Mental Health and the national organization Crisis Text Line.
Pilots, air traffic controllers shifting to text messaging
CHANTILLY, Va. (AP) — Airline pilots and air traffic controllers are on schedule to switch to text communications at most of the nation's busiest airports by the end of the year, a milestone that holds the potential to reduce delays, prevent errors and save billions of dollars in fuel cost, says the Federal Aviation Administration.
Connecticut unveils new app for emergencies
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut has launched a new mobile app to inform residents about emergencies.
The new "CT Prepares" app incorporates text messaging, email and social networking to allow a user to communicate with friends and family members during an emergency and let them know they're safe. It can be downloaded to most smartphones.