The inside of an airplane used to be the only refuge from email and the Internet.
Then came a few exceptions like Southwest and Air Tran. And now, the Federal Communications Commission aims to make Internet access onboard a common experience, adopting new rules that will help speed the deployment of online services on planes.
According to the FCC, the new regulatory framework adopted today will enable the agency to process airline and broadband applications for Internet service systems up to 50 percent faster.
“Whether traveling for work or leisure, Americans increasingly expect broadband access everywhere they go," said FCC chairman Julius Genachowski.
Somewhere Alec Baldwin is cheering.