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New York News
12:44 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

4 in 10 US Homes Are Cellphone-Only As NY's Telecomm System Declines

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A coalition of consumer groups, organized labor and elected officials says New York state’s telecommunication system is in decline, while a new government survey says American households are increasingly disconnecting their landline telephones.  

The coalition includes groups like the AARP, Common Cause, the Working Families Party, several unions and dozens of elected leaders from around the state. It has filed a petition with the Public Service Commission seeking a "complete and public" review of the state's telecommunication system.

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New England News
6:24 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Study: Smartphones Disrupt Caregiver-Child Interaction

A new study looks at how the caregiver-child dynamic is affected when the caregiver uses a mobile device during a fast food meal. The study is the latest to question how technology can influence childhood development.

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WAMC News
6:37 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Schumer & Schneiderman Tackle Smartphone Crime

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Major cities across the Northeast are experiencing a spike in robberies, driven by crimes involving smartphones. New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer are taking steps to discourage thieves from targeting the devices.

Every minute, 113 smartphones are stolen or lost nationwide, according to New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who co-founded a partnership with the wireless industry called Secure Our Smartphones. The initiative has picked up support from 30 other state attorneys general.

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New York News
7:59 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

NY Truckers Face New Fines For Phoning

New York has outlawed texting or talking on handheld cell phones by commercial drivers at stoplights or in traffic jams, restrictions that don't apply to other drivers.

The law that took effect Monday brings the state into line with federal regulations for interstate trucking that took effect in 2012. Violations carry fines.

All states that issue commercial driver licenses must do the same by the end of next year.

Commercial drivers can use hands-free phones, as well as two-way or CB radios, even though they require one hand to operate.

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New York News
11:17 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

NY Conducts "Texting While Driving" Clampdown

Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the start of a new summer crackdown by the New York State Police on distracted driving. The up to $1 million effort will consist of increased enforcement and patrols, particularly through undercover operations using unmarked State Police SUVs to catch distracted drivers.

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New York News
4:56 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Cuomo Announces Crackdown On Drivers Who Text

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is getting tougher on drivers who text or chat on their phones while at the wheel.  Cuomo, the father of three teen-agers, said Friday that a change will go into effect starting Saturday. The revised penalty applies to any kind of cellphone activity while driving.  Drivers will see the penalty for texting while driving increase from three points off their driver’s licenses  to five points. Cuomo told CBS New York he spends a lot of time in a car and he sees people texting while driving every day.

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New York News
4:20 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Phone Company Pushing Wireless Over Copper Line

The New York state Public Service Commission has approved a plan by Verizon to eliminate its landline service on western Fire Island off the south shore of Long Island. Critics fear the move seals the fate of the old copper line system.

The telephone has been immortalized in story and song, woven deep into the tapesty of 20th century social culture... but this is the 21st century, and some fear the landline is going the way of carburetors and VHS tapes.

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New England News
6:00 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

VT School May Encourage Use of Cell Phones in Class

Mount Anthony Union High School in Bennington is looking for ways to save money but provide the same access to information that their Middle School enjoys, access to laptop computer for every student.

Frank Barnes is the Director of Technology for the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union. He’s helping develop an experiment to determine which technologies fit different styles of classroom learning.

The solution might just be to let students use a tool that many schools forbid in the classroom, their smartphone.

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New York News
8:08 am
Mon April 23, 2012

NYS Police Will Target NY Drivers on Cell Phones

NYS police are on the lookout for drivers illegally using cell phones and other electronic devices.

"Operation Hang Up" starts Monday and runs through next Sunday.

The first "Operation Hang Up" campaign took place over last year's Thanksgiving holiday. Troopers ticketed more than 800 drivers.

The enforcement campaign is funded through a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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