"Let’s face it, airplane cabins are by nature noisy, crowded and confined,” a sponsor said.
The Federal Communications Commission is scheduled to vote on Thursday on a proposal to allow cellphone use on airplanes.
The agency has faced an onslaught of criticism from airline passengers who fear being stuck at 30,000 feet next to a loud phone conversation.
But the FCC has emphasized that its role is only to determine whether allowing in-flight phone use would interfere with networks on the ground. Whether or not to ban phone calls would be up to individual airlines.
The requests for data do not include National Security Agency surveillance.
U.S. and U.K. intelligence agencies have used online video games to track surveillance targets, according to a report from The Guardian.
The U.S. National Security Agency and the U.K.'s Government Communications Headquarters have gathered intelligence through the Xbox Live network, World of Warcraft and Second Life, The Guardian reports based on documents obtained by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
The giants of the tech industry are uniting to wage a campaign for sweeping reforms.
The Supreme Court said Friday that it will consider a software patent infringement case.
The case, Alice v. CLS Bank, focuses on a software patent for verified financial exchanges.
The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission announced Friday that his agency won't hold its auction of airwave licenses until the middle of 2015.
The commission had originally planned for a 2014 auction of spectrum — the frequencies that carry wireless signals.
But in a blog post Friday, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler wrote that it is critical the agency avoid any technical glitches.
The Federal Communications Commission would likely block Comcast's rumored bid for Time Warner Cable, according to Ajit Pai, a Republican commissioner.
It is unusual for an FCC commissioner to weigh in on a deal before the agency has completed its review, much less before the deal is even announced.
The NSA argues the collection does not violate the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
"Lying to Congress is a federal offense, and Clapper ought to be fired," says Sensenbrenner.