TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Re: FCC Approves Wireless Internet Access on Airplanes

Re: FCC Approves Wireless Internet Access on Airplanes

Joseph (
Thu, 16 Dec 2004 16:03:22 -0800

On Wed, 15 Dec 2004 23:10:23 -0500, Marcus Didius Falco
<> wrote:

> Press reports say that the FAA is in no hurry to allow this, so it may
> be several years before it's implemented. This article says that
> they won't complete their technical study for 2 years.

> Another scenario, however, would be to nibble away at the rules: use
> is now allowed at the ramp with the doors open. It might be allowed on
> some airlines while taxiing based on this experience. Then later it
> could be allowed at altitude based on that experience. But that would
> take a couple of years anyhow.

All this talk of the FAA is nice, but isn't the present prohibition
for cell phones in flight because of a FCC edict and it has nothing to
do with how it affects avionics and the FAA isn't even involved
officially, but rather the way that someone in a plane at 35,000 feet
would affect multiple cells on the ground and thus mess things up on
the ground is the main concern of the FCC?

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