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In the near future, that CNN report might be brought to you courtesy of drones.

The Federal Aviation Administration gave the news giant the go-ahead to start testing drones, CNN announced today. CNN has already been testing drones in a research program with Georgia Tech Research Institute and plans to use that data in this new arrangement. The FAA will then use the CNN information to “formulate a framework” for other drones to be used by news organizations.

“Our aim is to get beyond hobby-grade equipment and to establish what options are available and workable to produce high quality video journalism using various types of UAVs and camera setups,” said David Vigilante, a senior vice president at CNN.

Drone lovers might remember that the FAA released some pretty stringent rules for operation last November, as outlined by Gigaom, which allowed personal use but, in most cases, forbid businesses from using drones without a waiver. We’ll see if this new program with CNN lightens things up a little.

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