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.
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.