FCC seeks to expand in-flight WiFi access

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is seeking comment on a proposal to expand the availability of in-flight broadband connectivity to air travel passengers.

In a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking issued in May 2013, the Commission proposed the establishment of an air-ground mobile broadband service, operating as a secondary allocation in the 14.0-14.5 GHz band. This spectrum band is currently used for fixed-satellite service (FSS), and the new air-ground mobile broadband service would be required to protect FSS from harmful interference.

The Commission says that the expanded availability of broadband service in flight would meet the increased demand from travelers for access to a full range of communications services while traveling by air in the contiguous United States.

Read the complete text of the Commission’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding expansion of availability of in-flight broadband connectivity to air travel passengers.

 

 

 

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