NYT: AT&T Plans to Provide Wireless Internet for Airplanes

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  1. NYCUA1K

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    AT&T is looking to expand the reach of its wireless network to devices in the sky. On Monday, the company announced plans to provide in-flight Internet connections for some airlines.

    The company said that by late 2015, it would build a new air-to-ground network based on 4G LTE, the same type of cellular technology that many of the latest smartphones use to connect to the Internet.

    AT&T will be competing with other in-flight Internet providers like Gogo and Row 44. Many fliers have complained that the connection is sluggish for those services. AT&T said that its in-flight Internet connection would be fast because the company had the expertise and resources, like wireless spectrum, to provide a stronger network.

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    this is cool! thanks for sharing this here!
     
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    Great news. I welcome the competition. Actually, anything would be better than Gogo's 'speed'. (I really didn't want to even use that word) I used to maintain a monthly subscription, but x'led it last year. I really haven't missed it a bit. I'll wait for something faster.
     
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    Too long to wait, as I feel that the adequacy of 'speed' largely depends on one's purpose for connecting. While watching streaming videos on Gogo is out of question, paying to have email connection and other 'lightweight" internet services during a 5-6 hr p.s. flight is worth for me...until there is something faster, which now seems highly likely with a heavyweight like AT&T entering the ring.
     
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