Government weighs permitting cell phone calls on planes

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by CBS News

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Posted on November 22, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 22 at 6:24 PM

WASHINGTON -- Rules against making cell phone calls during airline flights are "outdated," and it's time to change them, federal regulators said Thursday, drawing immediate howls of protest from flight attendants, airline officials and others.

Tom Wheeler, the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, said in a statement that the commission was proposing greater in-flight access to mobile broadband. The proposal will be considered at the commission's Dec. 12 meeting.

"The time is right to review our outdated and restrictive rules," Wheeler said, adding that modern technologies can deliver mobile services in the air safely and reliably.

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