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JetBlue subsidiary, LiveTV and a company tied to AirCell have won their bids for parts of the radio spectrum to use for in-flight wireless services.

Last month we reported that nine companies including Verizon’s Airfone, JetBlue’s LiveTV, AirCell and Arcadia’s Broadband were bidding for frequencies that would allow air travelers to access the internet and VOIP, in-flight.  The FCC has announced that JetBlue’s LiveTV and AirCell have won the bidding.

JetBlue's LiveTV spent $7 million for a 1 megahertz wireless license, while AirCell Inc. spent $31.3 million for the 3 megahertz license that was up for auction.  Verizon, which currently uses the space that was auctioned off dropped out of the bidding early and will have to limit its use of the auctioned spectrum and cease using it all together in May of 2010.

Verizon's AirFone service historically hasn’t done well due to its enormous cost to consumers, however the AirFone unit has been looking at offering some type of wireless high-speed internet access aimed at business travelers. The results of the FCC auction look to be putting those plans to rest however.





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