TEXT OF STORY
SCOTT JAGOW: Right now you can’t check e-mail or get on the Web at 35,000 feet on a commercial flight anyway. But the FCC is auction off the radio spectrum that will make that happen. Jane Lindholm reports.
JANE LINDHOLM: The frequency is expected to go to AC BidCo. It’s a merger of telecom provider AirCell and a New York based holding company.
AirCell already beams in broadband for private airplanes. Glenn Fleishman is the editor of Wi-Fi Networking News. He says AirCell should have an easy transition to the commercial side of things.
GLENN FLEISHMAN:“They’ve got the technology, the expertise, the operating background.”
It will be two years before the company can implement its plans for commercial airlines. But Fleishman says the result could be a lot more airplane chatter.
FLEISHMAN:“Not only will more people be talking using cell phones and laptops using Voice Over IP, but more people will be using Airphone handsets because the service will probably become reasonably affordable.”
So you might want to think about investing in a serious pair of earplugs.
We’re here to help you navigate this changed world and economy.
Our mission at Marketplace is to raise the economic intelligence of the country. It’s a tough task, but it’s never been more important.
In the past year, we’ve seen record unemployment, stimulus bills, and reddit users influencing the stock market. Marketplace helps you understand it all, will fact-based, approachable, and unbiased reporting.
Generous support from listeners and readers is what powers our nonprofit news—and your donation today will help provide this essential service. For just $5/month, you can sustain independent journalism that keeps you and thousands of others informed.