Hurricane Sandy makes the case for FM chips in ALL cell phones.
In 1961 the FCC proposed requiring all television sets be able to receive both VHF and UHF television signals. Up to that time, UHF stations were having an impossible time competing with VHF stations as virtually all TV sets made only could tune to VHF signals.
Congress passed a bill mandating that only all channel TV sets could sold in America and in 1962 President John F. Kennedy signed it.
So mandating FM chips in cell phones would not be breaking new ground and as we are sadly learning in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, having them would enable millions of people access to important information about their storm affected area.
Hurricane Sandy has taken out 25% of the cell towers in 10 states according to the WSJ. And since those that are still working, maybe operating on a generator who's fuel will soon be running out, the situation could get worse.
It's time to TURN ON the FM chips that many of us already have in our cell phones and for a mandate to have all cell phones sold in America to have an activated FM chip in them.