Most flights in the US don’t have in-flight WiFi, but that looks like it’s going to change rapidly. First, the FAA decided to start talking about loosening restrictions on electronic devices during take-off and landing and now the FCC wants to help all airlines to offer in-flight Wi-Fi.
The Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation (CALM) Act has been in the works for a while now, but finally the FCC can officially tell advertisers to turn the fucking volume down on commercials. For years, advertisers have gotten the idea that YELLING AT YOU REALLY LOUDLY IS A GOOD WAY TO SELL YOU SHIT, but everyone else knows it’s just fucking annoying.
You’ve seen them— those ugly banners selling super awesome acai berry weight loss secrets or the dental secrets your dentist doesn’t want you to know that mention that their methods have been approved by Hugh Downes or that they’ve been on ABC News and Fox as examples of their credibility. And most of these ads link to sort of official looking fake news sites where once again, they talk about how their one simple secret discovered by a housewife has been approved by some local CBS affiliate.
It’s something that’s been talked about for decades, but finally the US Senate has passed a bill requiring the FCC to tell advertisers to stop it with the commercials that are much louder than the programs that they’re shoved between. The point is to get your attention, but the result is that it’s annoying.
In a recent study titled “Broadband Performance”, the FCC found out something that you probably already have noticed it you monitor your internet speed— that the internet speed your ISP advertises that you’re paying for is almost always way faster than you ever actually get. The FCC found that on average, the speed that you actually get is 50% slower than the speed you signed up for, on a regular basis.