The NY Times reports that the Federal Communications Commission has stopped considering the idea of allowing cellphone use on airplanes because it is not clear whether the network on the ground can handle the calls.

The NY Times reports that the Federal Communications Commission has stopped considering the idea of allowing cellphone use on airplanes because it is not clear whether the network on the ground can handle the calls. The paper says:

The problem cited by [the FCC Chairman] did not have to do with flight safety or the mood in the cabin, but a problem raised by the cellphone industry. The system is designed for phones to communicate with a single cell tower at a time. But a cellphone that is several miles in the air can contact many towers at once, tying up circuits in all of them, the industry argued.

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