With the government having cleared Wi-Fi for use on all phases of airplane flights, the next step is apparently allowing in-flight voice calls. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler today said he has “circulated a proposal to expand consumer access and choice for in-flight mobile broadband. Modern technologies can deliver mobile services in the air safely and reliably, and the time is right to review our outdated and restrictive rules. I look forward to working closely with my colleagues, the FAA, and the airline industry on this review of new mobile opportunities for consumers.” When a proposal is circulated, the other commissioners review it and then decide whether to take action. It’s already on the agenda for the commission’s next meeting on December 12.     

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