FCC chief wants smartphones’ hidden FM radios turned on, but won’t do anything about it

Ajit Varadaraj Pai has for years been advocating for smartphone manufacturers to enable these radios. In his speech this morning, he even says “you could make a case for activating chips on public safety grounds alone,” since radio could enable phones to receive emergency alerts even when wireless networks are down. But though he now has the power to do something about it, the new Federal Communications Commission chairman doesn’t plan to. “As a believer in free markets and the rule of law, I cannot support a government mandate requiring activation of these chips,” Pai said. He believes the FCC doesn’t have the power to issue such a mandate and says it’s best for the market to sort things out. – Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge http://ift.tt/2kWM7ob