High-speed in-flight internet possible by 2014

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    Aug 20, 2013 4:16 PM GMT
    I have been generally satisfied with the speed of WiFi on the air planes but this would be a good improvement to be able to stream. Hope they can do this sooner rather than later.

    In-flight wi-fi fast enough to stream video content from sites such as Netflix and the BBC's iPlayer could be available on airlines by 2014.

    Communications regulator Ofcom is proposing to license a new satellite system for aircraft, ships and trains.

    Earth Stations on Mobile Platforms (ESOMPs) can deliver connections up to 10 times faster than those currently available to travellers.



    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-23768536

  • ThatSwimmerGu...

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    Aug 20, 2013 7:05 PM GMT
    How I read it "we will be charging users more on planes"
  • BillandChuck

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    Aug 20, 2013 7:20 PM GMT
    This is already available on private flights and on some commercial (Delta, for sure, not sure about others) and cruise ships. But to the second post's point, no doubt the commercial carriers will jack the price as the bandwidth increases, when the providers really incur little additional cost for the additional bandwidth, it being natural growth of the technology. We've seen it with the providers we use privately, but the competition has allowed us to threaten or actually change providers and maintain our same cost-point.
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    Aug 20, 2013 7:21 PM GMT
    Are they tying google balloons to the tailwing?
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    Aug 20, 2013 8:00 PM GMT
    ThatSwimmerGuy saidHow I read it "we will be charging users more on planes"

    Yep, great idea to keep passenger occupied on this cross country excursions, just pony up the buck and the world wide is yours….oh and don't expect peanuts with your surf!
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    Aug 20, 2013 8:46 PM GMT
    I bought in-flight wifi once on a Delta flight- $14.95/day for Gogo. Okay, it was fun to play with, sending emails to friends from 32,000 feet, shopping online, etc. etc. But I wouldn't do it again. I can(and have) loaded enough movies and other media in my Nexus 7 to keep myself entertained on a 14hr(with stops) trip SYR-HNL.

    I can't really see the need unless you have to conduct business while airborne.