Use of Mobile Wireless Devices for Voice Calls on Aircrafts

Docket ID: DOT-OST-2014-0002
Agency: Department of Transportation (DOT)

The Department of Transportation (DOT or Department) is seeking comment on whether it should adopt a rule to restrict voice communications on passengers mobile wireless devices on scheduled flights within, to and from the United States. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that if adopted would, among other things, create a pathway for airlines to permit the use of cell phones or other mobile wireless devices to make or receive calls on board aircraft. DOT supports the FCCs proposal to revise its rules in light of the technology available and to expand access to mobile wireless data services on board aircraft; however, the Department is concerned that allowing passengers to make voice calls using mobile devices on aircraft may constitute an unfair practice to consumers and may be inconsistent with adequate air transportation. The Department is considering proposed regulatory alternatives to address these issues.

RIN: 2105-AE30
Impacts and Effects: None
CFR Citation: Not Yet Determined
Priority: Other Significant
UA and Regulatory Plan Information open glossary dialog  
Publication Period: Spring 2016
Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule
Major Rule: No
Legal Authorities: 49 U.S.C. 41712, 49 U.S.C. 41702
Legal Deadlines: None
Government Levels Affected: No
Federalism Implications: No
Unfunded Mandates: No
Requires Regulatory Flexibility Analysis: No
Small Entities Affected: No
International Impacts: No
Energy Effects: No
Included in Regulatory Plan: No
ActionDateFR Citation
ANPRM02/24/201479 FR 10049
ANPRM Comment Period End03/26/2014
Docket Details open glossary dialog  
Related RINs: None
Related Dockets: None
Disposition: Pending
Type: Rulemaking
Subtype: Aviation Economic Rules

Primary Documents

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Comment Period Closed
Mar 26, 2014 11:59 PM ET
Proposed Rule
Posted: 02/24/2014
ID: DOT-OST-2014-0002-0018
Posted: 12/01/2014
ID: DOT-OST-2014-0002-1792
Comment Period Closed
Posted: 07/30/2014
ID: DOT-OST-2014-0002-1778

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Agency Contact
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