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Proceedings and Initiatives

Cellular and Wireless Devices on Airborne Aircraft
In December 2004, the Commission in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, proposed to replace or relax the ban on airborne usage of 800 MHz cellular handsets as well as proposed other steps to facilitate the use of wireless handsets and devices, including those used for broadband applications, on airborne aircraft in appropriate circumstances. The Commission believes this action will benefit consumers by adding to future and existing air-ground communications options that will provide greater access for mobile voice and broadband services during flight. The Commission further believes this action to be consistent with the Commission's efforts to promote homeland security by increasing communications options available for public safety and homeland security personnel.


Commission Extends by Forty-Five Days its Deadline for Reply Comments to the February NPRM.
Order Extends the Comment Period in this Proceeding. Amendment of the Commission's Rules to Facilitate the Use of Cellular Telephones and Other Wireless Devices Aboard Airborne Aircraft.
The Commission Proposes to Replace and (or) Relax the Current Ban on Airborne Usage of 800 MHz Cellar Handsets and Proposes Additional Steps to Facilitate the Use of Other Wireless Devices on Airborne Aircraft.

Last reviewed/updated on 03/06/2008