Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Flying Wirelessly 

Good for United, now people can look up por...i mean... current events while flying:
NEW YORK -- United Airlines, the world's second-largest carrier, received regulatory approval Monday to install wireless internet access to its fleet in a partnership with Verizon Communications.

The Federal Aviation Administration will let United's parent, Illinois company UAL, install the cabin equipment necessary to provide wireless internet connection to passengers and crew members on U.S. domestic flights.

United becomes the first domestic airline to get FAA approval that allows passengers to surf the internet while riding through the sky.

United Airlines and Verizon, which already provides airfone capabilities for the carrier, said it must still get approval from the Federal Communications Commission before the new service can officially launch. Both companies expect to have a date within the coming months, following an FCC spectrum auction where service rights and ranges of frequencies will be awarded to one or more onboard internet access providers.

Ball's in the FCC's court. Hope they don't screw this one up.


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