Technology is continually expanding and ever changing. The first cellphones were large, difficult to carry, and in some cases had to be transported in a suitcase. As technology advanced,
cellphones became small enough to fit into pants or shirt pockets. The trend is now reversing back to large phones designed to store substantial amounts of information and to display the data on oversized screens. Many, if not most, people with cellphones
have enormous amounts of information about their lives stored on this single device. People rely on their cellphones to wake them, deliver the morning news, and keep them on track throughout the day. When cell towers cease to function after a disaster, those
who rely so heavily on these devices still could utilize their cellphones beyond the traditional method. There are now applications (apps) on the market that do not require a cellular connection and can provide the owner with useful information and even connectivity
to emergency and community services.
The Federal Communications Commission is considering changing the provider of the local number portability administrator in the summer of 2015, which may have consequences that affect public safety capabilities. Full article.