At least one IP broadband phone service provider believes that with this week's FCC ruling allowing Wi-Fi access on planes, that the pieces are coming into place that will allow VoIP calls from the air, as well.
Chris Liu of VoicePulse wrote me this morning to introduce his company's perspective on how this might very well happen.
"Essentially, this (ruling) will allow people to make VoIP phone calls while in mid-flight by using a service, such as the one VoicePulse offers, and configuring it onto their laptop, PDA, or any device that can be configured to employ VoIP," Liu says.
"This, in turn, brings up the previous FCC ruling to ban cellular phone calls while flying," he adds. "The FCC is now looking to the public to respond with their opinions."
Some in the cell phone industry are already doing this. I've found a recent, to-the-point presentation to the FCC entitled Case For Competitive Access And the Air-To-Ground Spectrum. It was prepared by AirCell, a manufacturer of global telecommunications systems for aircraft, and Boeing, who quite likely made the plane that you will be flying in this Holiday season.
Readers, does the very real possibility of VoIP in the air excite you?