Thursday, August 9, 2007

Daily Highlights

Reuters reports PJM Interconnection, the power grid operator for more than 51 million people in the U.S. Mid−Atlantic and Midwest, asked consumers in its Mid−Atlantic region Wednesday, August 8, to conserve electricity amid extremely hot, humid weather. (See item 3)
The Associated Press reports U.S. hospitals are increasingly shutting down their burn centers in a trend that could leave the nation unable to handle widespread burn casualties from a fiery terrorist attack or other major disaster. (See item 25)
Information Technology and Telecommunications Sector

28. August 07, IDG News Service — FCC requires mobile carriers to allow roaming. Mobile telephone carriers must allow customers' competitors to connect to their networks, and they must make roaming available to competitors for a "reasonable" cost, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said Tuesday, August 7. Reacting to complaints about large carriers charging heavy roaming fees to customers of smaller competitors, the FCC voted to require that mobile carriers provide roaming services on a nondiscriminatory basis. Providing roaming connections is an obligation of commercial mobile phone carriers, the FCC said. In addition to supporting roaming for mobile voice calls, carriers must provide roaming to competitors for text−messaging and push−to−talk services, the commission said.