FCC Chairman Ajit Pai moves to keep cellphone calls banned on flights
Taking a brief break from his controversial plans to roll back net neutrality rules, FCC chief Ajit Pai today announced a proposal that would keep cellphone calls banned from US flights.
In 2013, the FCC considered relaxing rules from the 1990s that banned voice calls from planes. In proposing the change, the FCC, led by Tom Wheeler, suggested that the ban was technologically unfounded, and in a 3–2 vote, the agency opened up the plan for public comment.
But as USA Today points out, the plan was met with a wave of scorn from travelers, who enjoyed the silence during flights. The Transportation Department received similarly acrimonious comments about the plan, and last year floated a proposal that…