The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) operates according to the article 47 of US code and it was brought into existence by the Communication Act, 1934. Since that time, a lot of changes have been happening around and FCC has been responding to them in a reasonable manner. 1934 was the time in which radio was famous and TV was getting its place recognized among masses; the FCC is now facing the phenomenon of modern times and it is coping very aptly.
In this regard such rules may also pave their way which may not be welcomed by the masses. One such rule was the prohibition on the use of cell phones, which used the frequency of, or around 800 MHz. Similarly, the wireless devices other than cellular phones with this much frequency were also banned. The step was taken in order to ensure that there is no obstruction in the smooth working of the plane’s wireless networks on ground.
In 2004, FCC people gathered in ordered to discuss the possibilities of ending this prohibition. This was considered the first step taken in this direction. But even after successive meetings, in 2007, the gathering came to an end and declared that there was inadequate knowledge regarding whether or not the ban on the wireless devices should be lifted or not and there is little research with this particular question that does the use of mobile phones obstruct wireless services working at ground. Henceforth, it was decided that no changes should be made in this law as for now.
Not only FCC, but Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) also has put a ban on the use wireless gadgets while on flight just because of the expected interference with the navigation system of the plane. Due to this very thought, FAA has banned bringing any portable electronic devices into the plane, even iPods.
However, cruelty is not to be associated with FCC. There have been rules that bring services to the passengers so that it is possible for them to talk to their dear ones while in flight. There is no restriction not only on voice transfer but also on data transfer. Therefore, broadband services are also provided to the passenger. This has been made possible as these services employ different frequencies in order to communicate between air and ground rather than the frequency used by the ground based wireless networks. We can simply end up saying that FCC has learned to live up to people’s expectations!