FCC Streamlines Internet Availability on Aircraft

According to the FCC, airlines have been able to deploy Internet access on their planes since 2001. However, Internet access systems so far have to be licensed on an ad-hoc basis, while the FCC rules will allow the companies to test their systems against published FCC standards in order to received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

As a result, airlines are promised to cut the application and approval time for an aircraft-based Internet access system roughly in half. "The Commission’s action enables broadband providers to meet increasing consumer demands and promotes the economic growth and job-creating impacts of ubiquitous broadband," the FCC said in a statement. "This action also continues the FCC’s efforts to update and streamline regulatory requirements across the agency."


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  • "Only for $10, and no guarantee of fast WiFi connection! Oh, and there are no power outlets except in the bathrooms so you can only use the WiFi as long as your device's battery last, which may be a slight issue for our 14 hour flight..."
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  • EDIT: Or you can watch our free movies or episodes on the 320p 10-inch CRT TVs attached to the ceilings. No headphones are provided though, so you should've brought your own.
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  • Nothing new here, just FCC helping airlines gouge more money out your pocket
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