If you love your cell phone and your iPad and all those other electronic gadgets, you’ll be happy to know the FCC is considering the lifting of cell phone bans on planes.
The Federal communications commission is reviewing the use of cell phones and mobile broadband services on airplanes above 10,000 feet.
An article posted November 21, 2013 by Marguerite Reardon on CNET explains that “The agency, which has restricted the use of cellular devices for making phone calls or surfing the Web in-flight, is circulating a proposed rulemaking among its commissioners. The agency will introduce the item at its December open meeting, and will then allow for public comment on the proposal.”
Reardon quotes FCC chairman Tom Wheeler when he said, “Modern technologies can deliver mobile services in the air safely and reliably, and the time is right to review our outdated and restrictive rules,” he said in a statement. “I look forward to working closely with my colleagues, the FAA, and the airline industry on this review of new mobile opportunities for consumers.”
The FCC’s move comes just weeks after the Federal Aviation Administration said it plans to change its rules for using electronic devices in flight. The agency said it will now lift restrictions so that devices, such as e-readers and tablets, can be used during take-off and landing. But at the time, the FAA said that it would still restrict the use of cellular services in-flight, requiring users to switch their electronic gadgets to “airplane mode,” which turns off the cellular radios.
The changes in the FCC rules would now make it possible for consumers to use cellular voice and data services once the aircraft reaches 10,000 feet. These devices will still need to be in airplane mode during take-off and landing.”
This gives you and your business just one more reason to be online where you can be found even in flight.
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