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FCC Streamlines Aircraft Wi-Fi Rules

Dec 28, 2012 (01:12 PM EST)

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The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) today announced, unofficially, that they will adopt rules to speed the establishment of Internet services, principally Wi-Fi, on aircraft.

The current approval system is ad-hoc, which makes it more expensive and lengthy. Only 2 companies, Gogo and Row 44, operate services in the US. A third entrant, ViaSat, will begin to offer service in 2013.


BYTE recently compared the available options for airline on-board Wi-Fi services. Click here to read the comparison..

The FCC order will establish regular rules and processes for the approval of on-board services, which the agency expects will speed the process by 50%.