by Nate Wooley | May 10, 2013 9:49 am
Speeding up in-flight Internet access is becoming an issue for the Federal Communications Commission.
The FCC — which oversees all use of broadcast transmissions — began deliberations on ways to increase airline Wi-Fi on Thursday, Reuters reports.
The idea comes from tech developer Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM). The company is proposing the use of a new technology that uses a larger portion of the electromagnetic spectrum to increase Wi-Fi speeds while planes are en route.
The four FCC commissioners voted on Thursday to invite public comment on Qualcomm’s proposal. The move has been criticized by satellite providers who have concerns that the technology will interfere with their signals.
Still, the commissioners seem determined to explore the possibility.
“The world simply does not wait for us to get off the plane. We expect information at our fingertips at all times,” said Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel. “Air travel stands out as one of the few places where we can’t always rely on a connection.”
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