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The lightning rod that is Lightsquared…

Isn’t it fantastic when you find yourself seated on an aircraft next to a person who knows something about your industry? That’s how I felt on a recent Delta Air Lines flight from Newark to Atlanta (my first stop before heading to visit AeroMobile in London and later #AIX11 in Hamburg). My seatmate, engineer Tim […]

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Say what? Panasonic, ViaSat address Row 44′s claim

Last week Row 44 announced it has received approval from the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to operate over the Atlantic, and laid claim to the distinction of being “the only provider allowed to operate and charge for in-flight broadband connectivity on transatlantic flights”. If I may borrow a catchphrase from the late Gary Coleman’s […]

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Row 44 takes Panasonic to task over FCC application

Panasonic Avionics’ application for US FCC authority to operate an aeronautical mobile satellite service earth station network in the Ku-band has made in-flight connectivity rival Row 44 rather hot under the collar. In what will surely give the industry a case of déjà vu (remember ViaSat’s long-running objection to Row 44′s application?), Row 44 is […]

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What would this mean for the paid in-flight Wi-Fi model?

The headline, “US considers some free wireless broadband service”, grabs ya, and then the obvious question ensues. What would this mean for the paid in-flight Wi-Fi service model in the United States? People get mighty used to having things for free. Hat tip to Reuters on this timely piece. A couple key pars: U.S. regulators […]

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Pissing matches, Skype calls and aircraft anointing

I’ve returned from my holiday to find a mountain of stuff just begging for a blogging outlet. And when that happens, we need a News and Rumour roundup. So let’s get this party started. For those who have not been clicking onto Flight Global’s new IFE&C channel, let me urge you to start doing so. Last week […]

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Row 44 wins permanent FCC authority (let the games begin)

I gotta jump out of my jolly holiday to tell you this – Row 44 has won permanent authority from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to offer its Ku-band-based connectivity service to airlines.Here is the text of the Row 44 statement that is about to be released: Row 44 Receives FCC License for its In-Flight […]

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In the parking lot with Row 44…

Row 44′s system works well, really well. That’s what a Southwest Airlines executive said yesterday at the WAEA single focus connectivity workshop in Everett, Washington. The same Southwest executive said some other things too, like the fact that the carrier has talked to Aircell about its Gogo broadband solution. But he cleared up one important […]

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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 […]

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Two consumer groups try to put brakes on “Hang-Up Act”

Two consumer advocacy groups have asked Congress to commission a study on the use of wireless communications devices on US commercial flights before outlawing the in-flight use of mobile phones for voice calls and other wireless telephony. A study? A little bit of homework before making a permanent, broad-brush federal ban on in-flight mobile phone […]

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Canada gets the ATG party started: Aircell applauds

Industry Canada yesterday afternoon invited companies to apply for an air-to-ground (ATG) license, in a move that brings the country’s airlines closer to being able to offer ATG-based connectivity on domestic flights. Check out the ATG auction rules from Industry Canada at the following link: Final Auction Rules for Canadian ATG.pdf You’ll see that, not unlike […]

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