Under the FCC proposal, airlines could decide whether to allow mobile services on flights. If an airline chooses to install new onboard equipment, passengers could use their mobile devices' data capabilities in addition to the current choice of Wi-Fi access on some flights. Airlines would control what types of mobile services to permit onboard, such as Web surfing, emailing and texting.
The proposal would limit mobile use to aircraft higher than 10,000 feet.
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