CEA Reaction to FCC Chairman’s Statement on Consumer Access to In-Flight Mobile Wireless Services
Arlington, VA – 11/21/2013 – The following statement is attributable to Julie Kearney, vice president of regulatory affairs and Doug Johnson, vice president of technology policy of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, regarding the recent statement by Federal Communications Committee (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler to increase consumer access to in-flight mobile wireless services:
“We are pleased that the FCC is moving forward to review its rules relevant to the use of wireless devices on airplanes. We look forward to working with the commission on this pro-consumer, pro-innovation initiative as we seek to strike the critical balance between ensuring airline travel safety and allowing airline passengers to use their devices to stay connected, informed and entertained while on-board.
“Of course, any liberalization of the use of wireless devices on airplanes should not negate general common courtesies. Engaging in phone conversations in flight may prove technically feasible but many may find it socially undesirable.
"CEA has always held this view and urges airlines to exercise good judgment. All stakeholders should work together to ensure that passengers continue to enjoy comfortable air travel, if voice communications are permitted. Given CEA’s past work in promoting mobile phone etiquette on the ground, we are ready to work with the technology community, airline industry consumer associations, and other interested parties to address the social issues related to voice communications in-flight if the FCC moves forward in this direction.”
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Public Policy & Government Affairs, CEA General