From Slate a few days ago. A very well written piece about the benefits and required rules for allowing commercial UAV flight:
Judging by the Reuters poll, Americans know regulations are key, with 73 percent in agreement that consumer drones should be regulated. Unfortunately, they may not be coming for a while: The Federal Aviation Administration is taking a long time indeed to impose rules on the use of drones. The agency missed a 2014 deadline to unveil a draft version of a regulatory framework for commercial drone use, and it has said it expects to miss the September 2015 deadline for the integration of drones into U.S. airspace as well. Now it’s pushed back its timetable for integration to 2017 at the earliest, trying the patience of aspirant commercial drone pilots.
While the FAA is stalling, progress in drone technology and in accompanying legislation continues in other parts of the world. A number of nations have already introduced drone regulations that do a good job of weighing the benefits against the public’s interest in privacy and safety. Australia, for example, permits their commercial usage but requires that these pilots have a license and undergo training before they can fly. France allows commercial operators to fly with a special certification and has already begun fining pilots who break the rules.