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Discussion in 'Travel Technology' started by uggboy, Feb 5, 2014.
Gogo’s Grip on In-Flight Wi-Fi Is So Big It Could Be Unlawful, Judge Rules
What the judge actually ruled is that the case can go forward and the plaintiff can try to prove the claim. The judge didn't actually say anything about whether the claim was true or not.
I'm glad the judge ruled that the case can go forward, now we will see what happens next. It's a good case, the industry needs some competition.
There are at least 4 major players in the space. That's healthy competition IMO. The part where demand is very, very limited doesn't help. The infrastructure required only amortizes with a large install base and with the level of competition out there it is not clear that all can be successful.
There's nevertheless a case that Gogo seems to dominate. While 4 players sound on paper like competition, it all depends on what access they have, what access they offer, in which markets they operate and which pricing model they follow or offer. It's more complicated IMHO. It's not good enough that things "look" good, it's more important that people who use a certain service get real value out of it. It's time the consumer gets her/his power back.
I was only speaking about the US market - where this suit is focused - in talking about the 4 providers. All are actually installed on planes flying from a major airline today. Most have contracts with more than one airline (I don't believe Row44 does, but Alaska Airlines' CEO said earlier this week he'd likely reconsider their platform as it matures).
Yes, pricing will vary. So does the suite of services offered. That IS competition, isn't it??
Thanks for pointing this out to me.