US Regulators Nudge Closer to Lifting Ban on Celphones in the Air

10 Dec ’04

The NYT (free reg required, no permalink) is reporting that the FCC is about to start reviewing safety issues and price competition issues related to celphone use aloft.  The story focuses on three angles: first, whether there are safety issues, though it addresses this only superficially.  Second, the loss of one of the last remaing bastions of phone-free peace and quiet.  And finally, the efforts underway to ensure that the carriers and airlines get their pound of flesh for extra usage charges.

One can’t help but remain deeply skeptical of safety claims, and suspicious that the only reason this has taken this long is because it has been a technical challenge to ensure that all calls can be routed and tracked and surcharged …..

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