In-Flight Broadband Is Set for Takeoff

In-Flight Broadband Is Set for Takeoff

“Aircraft are one of the few unconnected sanctuaries left in our lives. Unless you shell out the cash for an often-unspectacular bit of airborne bandwidth, a flight typically promises at least a few hours’ worth of uninterrupted time to read a great novel, take in a fine film or just sit in deep, relaxing thought.

The notion of the airborne oasis, though, may be coming to an end: The Federal Communications Commission on Friday announced rules changes that will make it easier for airlines to install in-air broadband technology on their aircraft.

Since 2001, airlines have gotten approval for in-flight broadband technology on a per-case basis. The changes announced today will standardize the approval process for that technology, which the FCC argues will make the approval process 50% faster.

“Airlines will be able test systems that meet FCC standards, establish that they do not interfere with aircraft systems, and get FAA approval,” reads an FCC release about the changes.”

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