A New Meaning for the “Mile High Club” – Wireless Internet on Airplanes

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The Federal Communications Commission today gave the nod of approval to allow wireless networking on airplanes.

The intent is to allow the wireless access to piggy-back on existing air-to-ground radio transmissions which already exist in the cabin of the airplane.


This would obviously be a boon for business travelers, Internet business owners, and spammers (just think of the jurisdictional nightmare when trying to prosecute someone who sent spam from 25,000 feet!)

Although it is still not clear who will provide the service, it is expected to be up and running as soon as the year 2006. Verizon currently has the in-flight telephone service monopoly, although by default after two other in-flight telephone service providers pulled out.

Relatedly, the FCC is also considering a lift on the ban on in-flight use of cell phones, a move which the flight attendant’s association actually opposes.

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But back to wireless access on airplanes, what Aunty wants to know is if you have … um… online “relations” while logged on somewhere over the Atlantic ocean, is this the new Mile High2 club?

It looks like the skies are about to become a little bit more friendly.

You can read more about this at [Page no longer available – we have linked to the archive.org version instead].

 

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