I was just thinking how, you can't live without a cell phone or internet, no matter what. It seems to be a requirement. I have to have a phone in order to pay my rent, or go buy a certified check, which I guess you still have to send them via the internet. My sister was told that the could not sign up for Medicare without using the net. No paper any more.
Why can't there be requirements that EVERYONE MUST have a working radio, capable of AM and FM broadcast reception? They'd need to have a decent antenna, too. That's why I said "working". Did broadcasters drop the ball on this stuff?
Last Edit: Aug 30, 2022 11:12:16 GMT -7 by kenglish
Before we get to the radio part... Even if it's necessary to use the internet to accomplish certain tasks, a large amount of money has been spent to try to make sure everyone has access to the internet through public libraries at the very least. I don't trust them myself due to the dangers of keystroke loggers, malware, etc., but it IS there.
As for your requirement, I see 2 insurmountable problems. Under what legal authority would this be able to be done, and how could you possibly enforce it? I agree that it's a best practice, but legislating best practices is at best a fool's errand and probably illegal. Even if you were to somehow do this, you can't require that people actually USE the radio even if they have it. Is any of this wrong?
I was just thinking that your insurance company could penalize you for not having backup communications, if you don't have a broadcast receiver. What happens if the internet is down 😳, and there was a tornado or hurricane emergency? They charge you money for not having bells and whistles on your car, that supposedly make it safer!
I can get pretty sour about the future of this business.
But let's not panic. Radios are cheap. Really, really, really cheap. Like <$5 to the cost of the car cheap. There will always be an FM receiver in the car. Maybe not AM, since EV motors and that type of modulation don't play nice.
So, most people will have access to a radio -- since most have a car.