U.S. regulators reduce barriers to Internet use in the skies

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      Here's some welcome news for air travellers.

      According to a recent Bloomberg Businessweek article, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission is easing the rules around the use of the Internet on planes.

      The FCC and Federal Aviation Administration have shared regulation of this area since 2001.

      “These new rules will help airlines and broadband providers offer high-speed Internet to passengers,” FCC chairman Julius Genachowski said in an e-mailed statement to Bloomberg Businessweek.

      The publication reports that Genachowski has bee trying to convince the FAA to loosen up the rules on the use of electronic devices—including the iPad—on airlines.