Published: Thu, April 13, 2017
Technology | By Ramiro Moody

FCC Reverses Proposal For Cellphone Use On Planes

FCC Reverses Proposal For Cellphone Use On Planes

The FCC's three commissioners must vote on Pai's proposal to keep cellphone usage on planes against federal rules. So you may not be insane about the people you're stuck next to in a metal tube in the sky for a few hours, but at least you won't have to hear them yammer on their iPhones. However, new FCC Chairman Ajit Pai disagreed with the proposal, saying that the plan was "ill-conceived" and that it did not serve the public interest.

Pai elucidated that forgetting about it for all time will be a triumph for Americans the nation over who, similar to me, value a snapshot of calm at 30,000 feet.

While you can now use WiFi to check your email, play games, go online, or watch a movie on a plane, you generally still can't use it to make a phone call.

"The proposal would create a way for passengers to utilize their devices over their mobile wireless networks for email, texting and Internet use". The agency also sought comment on whether it should ban all voice calls on all USA flights.

Snoop Dogg Talks Tupac's Historic Rock Hall of Fame Induction
His longtime friend and collaborator, Snoop Dogg , introed the late rapper during Friday's ceremony. The Hall of Fame has come a long way and we appreciate them for appreciating us for what we do.

European Union open to exit deal with Britain as Scots demand referendum
The EU guidelines make clear there can be no talks on the shape of any future relationship at this stage. EU Council President Donald Tusk circulated the guidelines to 27 European governments on Friday.

Trump gave Syria attack order 'during dessert' with Xi Jinping
The President said the discussion occurred over the "most handsome piece of chocolate cake that you've ever seen". And then he asked the intrepreter to please say it again. "It was a full day in Palm Beach".

For reference, it was FCC chairman Tom Wheeler; who distributed a proposal to lift the in-flight calling ban way back November 2013. The most recent attempt according to this report by Wired, saw more than 8,000 people logging in and leaving comments for the DoT, mostly against permitting calls.

Airlines for America, a Washington-based trade group for large carriers, said it supports the FCC's move. Although still to be put to a formal vote, Pai has already made it formally known that he intends to maintain rule that bans making phone calls while a plane is in flight.

Wheeler had also argued that since there were no real technical issues for the FCC to address, the decision to ban in-flight calls should have been up to another agency.

The proposals backing inflight calls would benefit telecommunications companies rather than passengers, said John Dean, former White House counsel to President Richard Nixon, in a 2014 commentary for the legal Web site Justia. The FCC's rule change would have given airlines the option to allow in-flight cellphone use, but each airline would have be permitted to decide its own policies.

Like this: