cell phone http://michiganradio.org en Bill to pull the plug on telephone landlines clears Michigan Legislature http://michiganradio.org/post/bill-pull-plug-telephone-landlines-clears-michigan-legislature <p>It could soon be easier for phone companies to end traditional landline service in Michigan.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state Senate gave final legislative approval to the measure Thursday.&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(rqcbopumvzsxlu55mgyqnsqx))/mileg.aspx?page=GetObject&amp;objectname=2013-SB-0636" style="line-height: 1.5;">Senate Bill 636</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, which was championed by AT&amp;T, now goes to&nbsp;</span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Rick Snyder’s desk.</span></p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 16:05:45 +0000 Jake Neher 16838 at http://michiganradio.org Bill to pull the plug on telephone landlines clears Michigan Legislature Stateside for Monday, December 9th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-december-9th-2013 <p>The state House is expected to take up a controversial telecommunications bill.&nbsp;</p><p>The measure would let AT&amp;T end traditional landline phone service as long as there is Internet phone service that can take its place. But, in some rural areas in Michigan, Internet phone service can be spotty. On today's show, we took a look at what the legislation could mean for you.</p><p>Then, could private philanthropy save the art at the DIA?</p><p>And, how would Shakespeare’s play King Lear look like if it were set in Flint? One professor and her students found out.</p><p>Also, we spoke to meteorologist Mark Torregrossa about which parts of the state will be getting snow this week.</p><p>First on the show, w<span style="line-height: 1.5;">hat happens when a child is struggling to read at his or her grade level?</span></p><p>In too many cases, the student moves up a grade anyway and the struggle continues, resulting in high school graduates who are poor, ineffective readers. And that can impact that student's chances of going to college and then getting a job that provides a good level of pay over a lifetime.</p><p>There's a package of bills sponsored by Holland Republican Representative Amanda Price now working through the State that tries to tackle this problem. It's called the "read-or-flunk law."</p><p>In a nutshell, if third-grade kids aren't reading, hold them back.</p><p>Ron French reported on the pros and cons of these bills for Bridge Magazine, and he joined us today to discuss the issue.</p><p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 21:53:01 +0000 Stateside Staff 15607 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, December 9th, 2013 Phone companies may start phasing out traditional landline services http://michiganradio.org/post/phone-companies-may-start-phasing-out-traditional-landline-services <p>These days, more and more people are so attached to their cell phones that they've decided they don't need a landline at home.</p><p>The FCC tells us the number of landline customers in Michigan was around 7 million in 2000. By 2012, that number had dropped to about 3 million.</p><p>And, during that same 12-year stretch, the number of wireless phones more than doubled from nearly 4 million to more than 9 million.</p><p>A bill sponsored by Battle Creek Republican Senator Mike Nofs is working its way through the State Senate. It would allow phone companies to phase out traditional landline service beginning in 2017, letting phone companies discontinue the service to homes so long as some type of newer phone service is offered, such as voice-over Internet Protocol.</p><p>Many in Michigan might just shrug that off: They've already dropped their landlines. But others are deeply concerned.</p><p>Matt Resch, public affairs director for Michigan AT&amp;T, and Melissa Seifert, the Associate State Director of the Michigan AARP, joined us today to talk about Senate Bill 636.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 21:31:53 +0000 Stateside Staff 15605 at http://michiganradio.org Phone companies may start phasing out traditional landline services Ann Arbor man develops new mobile application to aid consumers in online sales http://michiganradio.org/post/ann-arbor-man-develops-new-mobile-application-aid-consumers-online-sales <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Think of a recent purchase you made. Chances are pretty good that your mobile phone was somehow involved, whether you tracked down a store location, you checked out products and prices, or you even closed the deal on your phone.&nbsp;</span></p><p>One survey done by a digital coupon website found that more than half the consumers it surveyed used their mobile device while they bought something in March of this year.</p><p>Or let’s talk dollars and cents, lots of dollars and cents. Mobile commerce transactions are expected to hit $1.5 trillion this year. By 2017 you can look for that to top $3.2 trillion. Clearly something big is going on and we wondered what’s in store for consumers and businesses as more of us trade walking through the door of a brick-and-mortar store to a few thumb clicks on our smart phones.</p><p>Mike Vichich from Ann Arbor is the CEO and co-founder of <a href="https://www.paywithglyph.com/">Glyph</a>, a mobile app that lets you pay with your mobile phone and also keep track of what you’re spending. He joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 21:13:53 +0000 Stateside Staff 13740 at http://michiganradio.org Ann Arbor man develops new mobile application to aid consumers in online sales In this morning's news: School safety drills, unconstitutional tracking tech, minimum wage protests http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-school-safety-drills-unconstitutional-tracking-tech-minimum-wage-protests <p><strong>Safety drills in schools are being ignored</strong></p><p>Under a proposal in Lansing, schools would be forced to <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/state-police-lawmakers-look-crack-down-schools-ignore-emergency-drill-rules">report when and how emergency safety drills are conducted</a>. As Michigan Public Radio’s Jake Neher reports, state police officials say too many schools are ignoring laws meant to ensure school safety. The reports would have to be posted on schools’ web sites whenever they conduct a safety drill.</p><p><strong>Tracking by cell phone GPS could become a felony</strong></p><p>Another piece of legislation in Lansing would make it a felony for police officers to track someone by GPS in their cell phone without a warrant. The US Supreme Court ruled last year that the practice is unconstitutional. Democratic state Representative Jeff Irwin says the legislation is necessary to make sure law enforcement agencies are held accountable for such actions.</p><p><strong>Fast food workers protesting in Detroit and Flint</strong></p><p>Workers at some fast food chains in Detroit and Flint are expected to<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/fast-food-workers-expected-strike-flint-detroit-today"> walk off the job as part of a protest for higher wages</a> today. They want to be paid fifteen dollars an hour. Michigan’s current minimum wage is $7.40. The strike is expected to affect some McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy’s and other fast food restaurants.</p><p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 11:38:01 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13727 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: School safety drills, unconstitutional tracking tech, minimum wage protests These are the coolest cell phone towers you will ever see http://michiganradio.org/post/these-are-coolest-cell-phone-towers-you-will-ever-see <p>A new cell phone tower was erected near a busy intersection in Portage, Michigan, but passersby probably won't recognize it.&nbsp;</p><p>That's because the 150-foot tower has been disguised as a pine tree. The pole has brown "bark" and covered with fake bark, and the antennae have been concealed to look like pine branches.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 18:38:37 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13450 at http://michiganradio.org These are the coolest cell phone towers you will ever see New study found that adults text more than teenagers while driving http://michiganradio.org/post/new-study-found-adults-text-more-teenagers-while-driving <p></p><p>When you think about someone texting and driving, who comes to mind? A teenager? If you said yes, you're wrong.</p><p>A survey conducted by AT&amp;T as a part of the "It Can Wait" campaign found that 98% of adults that they surveyed admitted that they texted while driving. &nbsp;In contrast,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">48% of teenagers said they texted while driving.</span></p><p>The AT&amp;T study also found that 60% of adults surveyed said that they didn't text while they were behind the wheel three years ago.&nbsp;</p><p>What's going on with drivers in America? Is it smartphones? Or are we becoming more reckless drivers?</p><p> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 20:37:26 +0000 Stateside Staff 12049 at http://michiganradio.org New study found that adults text more than teenagers while driving In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-michigan-news-headlines-136 <p><strong>State of the State to address road funding</strong></p><p>"Governor Rick Snyder plans to propose a more detailed plan to boost spending to maintain roads in next week's State of the State address. His previous calls for an additional $1.4 billion a year for roads and bridges stalled in the Legislature. Snyder in 2011 called for replacing the 19-cents-per-gallon tax on gasoline with a tax on the wholesale price of fuel. He also suggested a source of new revenue could be higher vehicle registration fees. Snyder says that he'll present new specifics in his Jan. 16 speech," the Associated Press reports.</p><p><strong>Detroit top lawyer fired</strong></p><p>"Detroit’s top lawyer lost her job Tuesday. Mayor Dave Bing garnered enough Detroit City Council votes to remove corporation counsel Krystal Crittendon. Crittendon continually bucked Bing’s wishes, and challenged Detroit’s consent agreement with Lansing in court. Bing had tried to have Crittendon removed before. But he couldn’t muster the necessary six votes from City Council. But this time, Bing got exactly six votes. Bing and state officials said Crittendon’s legal challenges threatened to derail Detroit’s efforts to regain its financial footing. This all comes as Detroit awaits a verdict from a state-appointed financial review team—expected as early as this week," Sarah Cwiek reports.</p><p><strong>Young drivers banned from using phones</strong></p><p>"Young and inexperienced motorists will be banned from using cell phones while driving under a bill Governor Rick Snyder signed into law Tuesday. Kelsey's Law is named after Kelsey Raffaele of Sault Ste. Marie, who was 17 when she died in a cell-phone-related automobile crash in 2010," the Detroit Free Press <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20130109/NEWS15/301090105/Gov-Rick-Snyder-signs-law-banning-inexperienced-drivers-from-using-cell-phones?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p">reports. </a></p><p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 12:20:55 +0000 Emily Fox 10683 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . Michigan law bans cell phone use for new drivers http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-law-bans-cell-phone-use-new-drivers <p>Michigan lawmakers have passed a bill that will ban cell phone use by new drivers.&nbsp;<br><br>The bill was named after 17-year-old Kelsey Raffaele, who was killed in a car crash three years ago. She was talking on her phone while driving and lost control of her car.<br><br>A year and a half ago, Kelsey's mother, Bonnie Raffaele, started a campaign to ban cell phone use for drivers with probationary licenses.<br><br>"If we can teach them at a young age to not do it, and it's the social norm not to do it when you're driving, they'll carry that on to adulthood," Raffaele says.<br> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 19:32:56 +0000 Rina Miller 10378 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan law bans cell phone use for new drivers Stateside: Peeking at cell phones is contagious http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-peeking-cell-phones-contagious <p>Conversations for some have become a scramble between maintaining eye contact and checking one’s phone.</p><p>University of Michigan professor Daniel Kruger explained the relationship between cell phone usage and one’s attention span.</p><p>“It seems like a feedback loop and it happens quite frequently. We think it’s related to social attention- imagine you have attention as a limited resource and you’re dividing it between those people in your real space and those people in your virtual networks,” said Kruger.</p><p> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 22:17:39 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10336 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Peeking at cell phones is contagious Kelsey's Law, ban cell phone use for teens who drive http://michiganradio.org/post/kelseys-law-ban-cell-phone-use-teens-who-drive <p>Michigan Radio's Jennifer White talks with Bonnie Raffaele, mother of Kelsey Raffaele, a teenage girl who died in a car crash on January 24, 2010 while using a cell phone. Bonnie has been advocating for the passage of Senate Bill 756. The bill, also known as <a href="http://focusdriven.org/">Kelsey’s Law</a>, would prohibit novice teen drivers from talking on the cell phone while driving. The bill, passed by the Senate earlier this year, will be discussed tomorrow in a House Transportation Committee Hearing.</p><p> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 22:13:00 +0000 Mercedes Mejia & Jennifer White 10206 at http://michiganradio.org Kelsey's Law, ban cell phone use for teens who drive Group says driving-while-texting laws don't help, calls for complete ban http://michiganradio.org/post/group-says-driving-while-texting-laws-dont-help-calls-complete-ban <p>All states should ban drivers from using hand-held cell phones, according to a new recommendation by the Governors Highway Safety Association.</p><p>Only 10 states ban the use of handheld cell phones while driving.</p><p>Michigan is not one of them.</p><p>But it does have laws against sending a text while driving.</p><p>Jonathan Adkins, with the Governors Highway Safety Association, says the texting laws aren't doing as much good as they should.<br><br>"States are having some difficulty enforcing texting bans, if you have a texting only ban, it's very easy for a driver to say, oh, I was dialing my phone, I'm allowed to do that, I'm allowed to be on my phone, I'm just not allowed to text on it," says Adkins.<br><br>Adkins says banning the use of handheld cell phones altogether would solve that problem.&nbsp; The safety group is also calling for tougher laws against driving while on drugs. Mon, 10 Sep 2012 16:38:49 +0000 Tracy Samilton 9010 at http://michiganradio.org Group says driving-while-texting laws don't help, calls for complete ban Life Before Technology, with essay by Susan Hutton http://michiganradio.org/post/life-technology-essay-susan-hutton <p>We&#39;ve been asking Michigan writers to share their thoughts on life before technology, the internet and social media.</p><p>Susan Hutton is a Michigan writer and poet. Before having twins, she had some idea of what parenting would be like -- along with the fears and struggles that come with it.</p><p>In her essay, Hutton tells us about parenting in the age of cell phones.</p><p><em>Michigan Radio wants to hear from you. If you are a writer and have something to say about life before technology, send us an email with your idea to storyideas@michiganradio.org</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 16 Dec 2011 21:58:05 +0000 Mercedes Mejia & Jennifer White 5445 at http://michiganradio.org Life Before Technology, with essay by Susan Hutton Cell phones used to text, take pictures, and avoid others http://michiganradio.org/post/cell-phones-used-text-take-pictures-and-avoid-others <p>The <a href="http://pewinternet.org/~/media//Files/Reports/2011/Cell%20Phones%202011.pdf">Pew Internet &amp; American Life Project</a> has released its annual findings on how Americans use their cell phones. Other than talking on the phone (it was a phone survey, after all), most of us use our phones for texting and picture taking.</p><p>From <a href="http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2011/Cell-Phones/Section-1/How-Americans-Use-Their-Cell-Phones.aspx">Pew</a>:</p><blockquote><p>As in previous Pew Internet surveys of mobile usage, texting and picture-taking remain the most common mobile phone activities&mdash;73% of cell owners engage in each of these&mdash;followed by sending photos or videos to others (54%) and accessing the internet (44%). The two least prevalent activities (among the 15 we inquired about) are accessing Twitter and using one&rsquo;s phone to take part in a video call or chat (6% of cell owners do each of these).</p></blockquote><p>People interacting with younger cell phone users take note.</p><p>30% of cell phone users aged 18-29 say they pretend to use their cell phone to avoid interacting with people around them.</p><p>The avoidance technique is used significantly more by this age group than by others (11% of those 30-49 said they do this, 6% of those 50-64, and 2% of those 65 and older).</p><p>So younger users... teach the elders.</p><p>How is this best done? Do you pretend to take a call? Or do you just glance down at your device when you feel eye contact coming your way?</p><p>Or maybe you really are playing Angry Birds. Mon, 15 Aug 2011 19:11:05 +0000 Mark Brush 3761 at http://michiganradio.org Cell phones used to text, take pictures, and avoid others Troy police enforce "distracted driving" law, issue tickets http://michiganradio.org/post/troy-police-enforce-distracted-driving-law-issue-tickets <p>The city of <a href="http://www.cityoftroypolice.com/">Troy, Michigan</a> has taken the state’s “no texting while driving” law a bit further, making it illegal to talk on the phone while driving, among other things.</p><p>The city's <a href="http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/michigan/news.newsmain?action=article&amp;ARTICLE_ID=1676053">distracted driving ordinance</a> went into effect last July, but the city didn’t officially start to enforce it until the first week of January, 2011. According to the <a href="http://www.troymi.gov/DistractedDrivingOrdinance.pdf">city's website</a>, the following actions can cause "distracted driving":</p><blockquote><p>"Such action can include but is not limited to: eating, reading, writing, performing personal hygiene/grooming, physical interaction with pets, passengers, or unsecured cargo, any of which is<br> done in a manner tat prohibits the driver from maintaining direct physical control of the motor vehicle steering mechanism with at least one hand that is free of all other objects and used entirely to form a controlled grip on the steering mechanism."</p></blockquote><p> Tue, 04 Jan 2011 21:38:53 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 744 at http://michiganradio.org Troy police enforce "distracted driving" law, issue tickets