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FCC Maintains Ban On In-Flight Cell Calls

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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.

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In other words... ibeetle Mar 26, 2007, 1:37 PM
seriously??? wiseguy Mar 23, 2007, 9:58 AM
THANK GOD! mmcnier Mar 23, 2007, 10:24 AM
okay so no calling... but data yes!!! Jonathanlc2005 Mar 23, 2007, 5:00 PM
no way shape or form djjacobie Mar 23, 2007, 9:52 PM
Interference to airplane control systems: wrong sd_engineer Mar 23, 2007, 10:57 AM
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