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January 02, 2013

FCC Relaxing Regulations on In-Flight Wi-Fi

By Oliver VanDervoort, Contributing Writer

It seems that one of the things that airlines are banking on setting them apart from their competition is the little amenities they can offer. As prices for things such as checking bags go up, these companies realize they have to come up with another way to get people to fly on their planes. American Airlines is just one of several companies that have decided that in-flight Wi-Fi is the best way to win over new customers. They are hardly the only company that is looking at Wi-Fi as a way to lure in customers and that is one of the reasons why in-flight Wi-Fi is evolving so quickly. That evolution has led to the FCC (News - Alert) relaxing several of the rules that govern the use of the technology on American flights.

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The Federal Communications Commission is relaxing the rules regarding in-flight Internet connections as a way to increase the competition and the advancements that come along with communication technologies. While the FCC is certainly looking at ways to jumpstart the economy, different advances in technology really is the ultimate goal when it comes to relaxing these kinds of rules.

In-flight Wi-Fi is still a relatively new technology and has run across plenty of problems. By allowing there to be a relaxation of the rules and regulations of use for this particular technology, the agency hopes more companies will come forward to bring advancements. Among the testing that is already going on is just how to make the Wi-Fi signal that much stronger and more reliable. One test took place in an airplane that was sitting on the ground. Potato sacks that were filled to bursting were used to take the place of customers’ bodies. This test was made to see just how hard it was for radio signals to pass through the manmade obstructions such as riders on an airplane.

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Edited by Rich Steeves