FCC clears way for wider in-flight Internet use
Published: Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, 12:01 a.m.
The Federal Communications Commission cleared the way for wider adoption of in-flight Internet services.
Newly adopted rules should boost competition in this part of the mobile telecommunications market and promote “the widespread availability of Internet access to aircraft passengers,” the FCC said on Friday.
Since 2001, the commission has cleared companies on an ad hoc basis to market in-flight broadband services via a satellite antenna fixed to an aircraft's exterior. Under a newly adopted framework, the licensing procedures will be simpler, the commission said.
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski earlier this month urged the Federal Aviation Administration to allow more electronics on aircraft.
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