FCC Streamlines In-Flight Broadband Regulations
Claims Process Should Be Sped Up By 50%
The FCC has announced that the agency has formulated new rules they claim should help speed up the deployment of in-flight broadband. According to the FCC announcement
, the agency has streamlined the airline approval process necessary to operate Earth Stations Aboard Aircraft (ESAA), something the FCC says will speed up deployment of satellite-based in-flight broadband by around 50%. "Whether traveling for work or leisure, Americans increasingly expect broadband access everywhere they go," insisted FCC boss Julius Genachowski in a statement. Of course some airlines haven't installed broadband on numerous planes not because the former ad-hoc application process was too burdensome, but simply because they don't want to pay for it.