Antennas would use directional pointing rules to avoid interfering with satellites.
The FCC is looking to expand the use of wireless services, particularly in-flight Wi-Fi, on aircraft traveling over the contiguous United States. In a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), the FCC has proposed the establishment of a new air-ground mobile broadband service in the 14.0-14.5 GHz band.
The proposal was first advanced by Qualcomm, which hopes to augment the recently authorized (just last December) satellite-based connections to aircraft with a nationwide network of air-to-ground stations that would allow plane passengers to connect more easily and cheaply to the Internet. Unlike satellite connections (which work anywhere), the new system would work only while the plane is in U.S. airspace. The FCC sees – and wants to accommodate – the growing demand for in-flight Internet access, while increasing competition, improving service, and lowering prices.
The proposed service poses potentially difficult technical issues.Continue Reading...