The United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) “regulates interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.” Fcc.gov
The FCC is lifting the ban on inflight calls to and from passengers aboard aircraft. The decision will allow individual airlines to decide whether or not to allow these calls. In other words, while the FCC will not ban calls, an airline can impose its own ban.
My questions have nothing to do with whether or not this is a good idea. My questions are about the introduction of passenger accessible WiFi on aircraft. If you want to participate, you do not have to answer all of the questions below.
1. What are the technical differences between VOIP and other data that may have caused interference in aircraft systems. Interference was the stated focus of the original policy?
2. Should VOIP from aircraft be a separate regulatory issue from other types of communication and why?
3. Please provide comments on whether or not putting onboard WiFi for customers was a precursor to the FCC decision.