FCC Chairman Genachowski Says Irene Wireless Outages May Get Worse

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said in a press call this afternoon that, while overall wireless service outages from hurricane Irene had been mild, those outages may get worse as battery backups at affected cell sites run out. Admiral James Barnett, the FCC Chief of Public Safety, urged cellphone users to continue to follow the tips we posted yesterday. At the time of the call, the FCC had not received outage reports from areas north of Maryland.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work