Alaska, Southwest urge FCC to approve Row 44′s application (plus an oops!)

Good God almighty, it seems I mixed up my FCC filings the other day (I can’t imagine how that happened. That site is a walk in the park). But I digress. Here is the appropriate filing - you’ll see it has a rather similar thrust to the 2008 document.

But much more importantly, here is the link to Alaska Airlines and Southwest Airlines’ 1 July 2009 – yes, 2009 – request to the FCC to approve Row 44′s application.

Three key quotes:

“…competing airlines are moving forward with their own in-flight broadband services, and Southwest and Alaska Airlines need to move forward promptly with their own in-flight broadband offerings.”

“ViaSat, a competing satellite provider that has been unable to gain a contract with any of the major airlines, has been doing everything it can to slow down or stop approval of Row 44′s system, but the commission should not reward these anti-competitive efforts by further delaying a grant of Row 44′s application.”

“…Southwest and Alaska Airlines urge that the commission should move expeditiously to a grant of this application.”

Though they don’t come right out and say it, Alaska and Southwest clearly see that they will be at a competitive disadvantage if they can’t go fleet-wide with Row 44 in the near-term. Here’s hoping this whole mess is resolved soon.

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3 Responses to Alaska, Southwest urge FCC to approve Row 44′s application (plus an oops!)

  1. Bob July 2, 2009 at 4:09 pm #

    Too bad Aircell doesn’t have a plan to connect over water or in more remote areas of the U.S. I guess they’re too busy trying to figure out how to make their system work when it gets over saturated soon.

  2. Mary Kirby July 2, 2009 at 4:57 pm #

    Aircell says it is looking at a hybrid solution for overseas flights…perhaps it will pair up with another company? If Row 44 gets approval…who knows how things could shift out.

  3. Ludwig von Hapsburg XII "Stinky" July 3, 2009 at 12:02 pm #

    Excellent comment, Boob.

    I have to agree with you. Row 44 is the visionary here-no one can argue that. Planes operate over land AND water, and obviously, airlines will want 100% network coverage. Look at Lufty.

    Good to know Aircell is “looking.” If they look long enough, maybe they will get Gogoing with a L/Ku/Ka solution. Don’t they realize this is the real prize? What are they thinking, just sticking to land?

    In the mean time, we have Row44…so come on guys, pay off the FCC, take ViaSat out on a romantic date, kiss and make up, and start installing this system on some airplanes!

    “Stinky”