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CEA Praises FCC for Air-Ground Broadband Improvements

Arlington, VA – January 27, 2015 – 
The following statement is attributed to Julie Kearney, vice president for regulatory affairs, Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, regarding today’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) vote to create an air-ground mobile broadband service in the 14.0 to 14.5 GHz spectrum band, but does not pertain to in-flight voice services, which are part of a separate FCC proceeding:
“We applaud the FCC for opening up additional spectrum to increase broadband data access on airplanes. This decision will give passengers better opportunities to access their data and stay connected, informed and entertained at altitude through the Internet.
“In our highly-connected society, improved broadband in the air allows passengers to maintain better contact with the ground via their smartphones, PDAs and laptops – a boon to consumers everywhere. By establishing a new air-ground mobile broadband service, the FCC has paved the way for business and leisure travelers who count on their consumer electronics in-flight to enjoy improved quality for broadband service.”

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