FCC begins spectrum auction for in-flight broadband networks

05/10/2006 | NYTimes.com

The FCC today begins its auction of two licenses allocated for establishing wireless broadband networks that would allow high-speed Web surfing and VoIP calls from aircraft. Although such services have potential for generating significant revenue, there are concerns, including airlines' reluctance to spend money on communications equipment and the possibility of alienating some customers who prefer quiet on flights. Verizon Airfone, AirCell and JetBlue are among the bidders.

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