FCC Maintains Ban On In-Flight Cell Calls
Mar 23, 2007, 8:43 AM by (staff)
FCC Chairman Kevin Martin will recommend that the agency halt a proposal that would allow cellphone use aboard airplanes. Initially announced back in late 2004, the industry has worked to overcome technical hurdles to make the technology possible. Despite progress, several problems remain, including fine-tuning how pico cells interact with on-board cell signals and relay them to surface networks. Also, a CTIA test that took place last year demonstrated that in-flight cell calls continue to interfere with the ground-based networks. These technology issues, combined with an overwhelming lack of support of the idea by consumers, led to the FCC chair's recommendation.
Gov't Revives Possibility of Voice Calls On Planes
The U.S. Department of Transportation on Thursday proposed rules that could eventually pave the way for making voice calls on airplanes.
FCC Chair Nixes Cell Calls On Planes
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CTIA to Fight Berkeley Cell Phone Radiation Law
The CTIA has filed a lawsuit in the hopes of overturning a Berkeley, Calif., regulation that will require sellers of cell phones to post warnings about radiation risks. The law, approved in Berkeley last month, will force retailers to post signs warning consumers of the dangers posed by cell phone wireless signals.
Senators Want FCC to Investigate, Regulate Stingrays
A number of senators have asked the FCC to look into law enforcement's use of stingrays to see if the tool puts the public at risk, and also to see if stingrays unfairly target minority groups. Stingrays masquerade as cell towers in order to collect location and other data from phones in a given area.
In other words...
okay so no calling... but data yes!!!
no way shape or form
Interference to airplane control systems: wrong
There is *nothing* in the referenced USA Today story that suggests this. CTIA is only considering the impact to cellular networks on the ground.
FAA has commissioned a separate committee to look at compatibility with aircraft systems. There is no mention of that work in the USA Today article.
Once again, CTIA's work has nothing to do with interference to aircraft.
Don't screw with my life.