State of Tennessee Archives: on Technology


Joe Carr: Cell phone ban should be addressed by airlines, not feds

Alexander introduced the "Commercial Flight Courtesy Act," a bill that would prohibit cell phone conversations. Alexander announced the legislation today ahead of the Federal Communications Commission's 3-2 vote yesterday, advancing a proposed rule that would allow passengers to do just that.

Ever since the beginning of the Device Era, we've been forced to turn off our phones and tablets on airplanes. If you asked most people why this was necessary, they'd tell you smartly that the signal from your phone or device could interfere with the plane's instrument. They were wrong, said the FAA and now the FCC.

We asked Carr's campaign where the challenger stood on the issue. They sent over this statement from Carr: "I, like most everyone I know, do not want to sit on a flight next to someone talking on cell phone. But before we pass new regulations, I think we should wait and see if the airlines can solve this issue on their own. If they can't solve the problem, the government can step in."

Source: Nashville Scene, "Cell Phones" on 2014 Tennessee Senate race Dec 13, 2013

Lamar Alexander: No cell phone conversations on planes; email and texting ok

Alexander feels strongly that we should not be allowed to make phone calls on planes. The Republican has teamed up with Diane Feinstein (D-CA) on the "Commercial Flight Courtesy Act," a bill that would prohibit cell phone conversations on commercial airline flights. Alexander announced the legislation today ahead of the Federal Communications Commission's proposed rule change that would allow passengers to do just that.

"Keeping phone conversations private on commercial flights may not be enshrined in the Constitution, but it is certainly enshrined in common sense," Alexander says. "This legislation is about avoiding something nobody wants: nearly 2 million passengers a day, hurtling through space, trapped in 17-inch-wide seats, yapping their innermost thoughts. When you stop and think about what we hear now in airport lobbies, it's not hard to see why the FCC shouldn't allow cell phone conversations on airplanes," he says. "The solution is simple: text messages, yes; conversations, no.

Source: Nashville Scene, "Cell Phones" on 2014 Tennessee Senate race Dec 13, 2013

Phil Bredesen: Memphis Research Consortium: life science research center

The University of Memphis has been working for some time now to put together a coalition of life sciences organizations to work with the University to help grow its standing as a research institution. The General Assembly's approval of the UT Energy Campus at Oak Ridge has brought a long-simmering effort to a boil.

In the past week, 9 organizations, including St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and the Univ. of Tennessee Health Sciences Center [have signed on to] this Memphis Research Consortium

Source: Tennessee 2010 State of the State Address Feb 1, 2010

Don Sundquist: Wire government plus libraries and schools

We’ve taken government online and made it easier to access services and locate information. We were the first state to connect every public school and library to the Internet. The number of computers in our classrooms has gone from 6,000 to over 150,000 in just four years.
Source: 2001 State of the State Address to Tennessee legislature Jan 29, 2001

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