The new process should cut the approval time by as much as 50% according to the regulatory body. The current process followed an ad hoc methodology and was not meant to be a final solution. The FCC hopes this will enable service provides to bring broadband internet service to market faster.
There are already in-flight internet services available on several airlines, including Delta, American, and Virgin America through providers like Gogo and Row 44. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski wants providers to bring service to flights “more efficiently, helping passengers connect with friends, family or the office.”
The service providers still must follow FAA guidelines as part of the process as well, but this more expedient treatment from the FCC is a good development. For us jetsetters, that means more connectivity on our smartphones, tablets and other gadgets, while we travel.
source: The Wall Street Journal