The regulatory agency has asked a committee to conduct a study looking at whether portable electronic devices like cell phones interfere with aircraft navigation systems. Findings of the study are due at the end of December.
Especially in the U.S., airliners have lost a lot of money and been finding themselves being replaced by other things, such as video conferencing or people just willing to make longer car trips. A flight that allows cell use from one end the other would be one more attraction to get someone to buy a ticket. Interesting stuff.