The FCC is reversing its proposal to allow mobile phone use on planes

Posted in: Mobile & Wireless at 11/04/2017 16:05

Federal regulators are withdrawing a proposal that would have allowed air travelers to use their cellphones at high altitude.

The proposal — introduced in 2013 by then-chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Tom Wheeler — sought to roll back a long-standing regulation that banned the use of cellphones on planes over concerns that cellular signals could interfere with pilot radios. New advances in in-flight communications have minimized those concerns, Wheeler argued at the time, a trend that meant the ban could be lifted.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2017/04/10/the-fcc-is-reversing-its-proposal-to-allow-cellphone-use-on-planes/

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US FCC kills plan to allow mobile phone conversations on flights [IDG]
On Monday, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission killed a plan to allow mobile phone calls during commercial airline flights.
http://www.pcworld.com/article/3188638/mobile/us-fcc-kills-plan-to-allow-mobile-phone-conversations-on-flights.html
https://www.reseller.co.nz/article/617479/us-fcc-kills-plan-allow-mobile-phone-conversations-flights/

U.S. FCC chair wants to end effort to allow cellphone use in air
The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission said on Monday he is proposing to end a 2013 regulatory proceeding that had sought to lift the ban on mobile phones on U.S. airlines.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/us-usa-fcc-airplane-idUKKBN17C283

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