Archive | 2013

Phones on planes: One way to unite us

By Mark Shields We finally have good news from and for our broken, polarized and dysfunctional capital city. One modest proposal from a small independent federal agency — with about half as many employees as the White House — has miraculously brought together in common cause beef-eaters and vegans, Fox News conservatives and MSNBC liberals, […]

Leave a Comment Continue Reading →

Panasonic Avionics Lands China Deal

Panasonic Avionics Lands China Deal Lake Forest-based Panasonic Avionics Corp. and China Telecom Satellite Communications Limited have agreed to jointly develop in-flight Internet services for airlines flying into and over China. China Telecom Satellite is a subsidiary of China Telecom Corporation Limited, a state-owned telecommunication company. Panasonic Avionics’ eXConnect system will be available to both […]

Leave a Comment Continue Reading →

In-flight cell solution: Phone booths on planes?

By Chris Erskine Throw cellphones from the plane? Well, at least get them out of our hearing range, passengers say. A poll of nearly 5,000 flyers found they would strongly favor putting phone booths in planes to protect privacy if the FCC ultimately decides to allow in-flight cell use. The booths were proposed in an […]

Leave a Comment Continue Reading →

Delta and JetBlue: No voice calls on our planes

While the Federal Communications Commission reconsiders its longtime ban on in-flight-phone calls, Delta Air Lines says its own policy will remain as it is: no, no and no. And after it previously considered allowing in-flight calls, JetBlue has also decided to prohibit them. The FCC is considering a proposal to step aside and let airlines determine their own policies […]

Leave a Comment Continue Reading →

Congress Says No With FCC Set to Go on In-Flight Calls

Congress Says No With FCC Set to Go on In-Flight Calls Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler isn’t backing down on letting U.S. airline passengers make phone calls even as members of Congress and members of the public say, “No.” The agency tomorrow is set to take a preliminary vote on ending its voice-calling ban […]

Leave a Comment Continue Reading →

In-flight phone maker applauds FCC decision

In-flight phone maker applauds FCC decision It may be hard to hear over the din of criticism that has engulfed the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) decision to consider lifting its on cellphone calls during flights, but at least one person is supporting the proposal. Most of the voices that have be heard on the possibility […]

Leave a Comment Continue Reading →

FCC vote opens door to end ban on in-flight calls

FCC vote opens door to end ban on in-flight calls Measure passes by a 3-2 vote, paving the way for lifting the ban. Ultimately though, the Transportation Department gets final say. (Credit: CNET UK) The Federal Communications Commission took the first step toward removing regulations that ban phone calls while in flight. But FCC Chairman […]

Leave a Comment Continue Reading →

Chairman on in-flight calls: ‘We are not the Federal Courtesy Commission’

Chairman on in-flight calls: ‘We are not the Federal Courtesy Commission’ Later today, the Federal Communications Commission is going to vote on whether to strike a rule banning the use of cellular services on airplanes. When the idea was first announced, it drew immediate criticism from people who worried that flights were soon going to […]

Leave a Comment Continue Reading →

FCC seeks input on proposal to allow cell phone usage in flight

FCC seeks input on proposal to allow cell phone usage in flight The Federal Communications Commission is proposing new rules that would allow airline passengers to make cell phone calls, place texts and use other mobile devices while in flight. If approved, the current FCC ban on using wireless devices would be lifted and the […]

Leave a Comment Continue Reading →

http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/192875-overnight-tech-fcc-wont-back-down

http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/192875-overnight-tech-fcc-wont-back-down THE LEDE: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) isn’t bowing to public pressure to abandon its plan to allow cellphone use on planes. Despite a major public backlash, the commission plans to vote on Thursday on whether to move ahead with the proposal and begin accepting public comment. Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) has introduced a […]

Leave a Comment Continue Reading →