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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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power ports
By SLEEPER5555 on 6/4/2006 8:40:00 PM , Rating: 2
most aircrafts offer a standard car plug port and many others offer that 4 pin square port thing, which you can pick up the plug for that from your laptop manufactures website.

RE: power ports
By Chillin1248 on 6/5/2006 2:28:27 AM , Rating: 2
There are reply buttons on this website you know :)

RE: power ports
By xKelemvor on 6/5/2006 4:28:00 PM , Rating: 2
Are they available in Coach? I've never seen any power outlet on any flight I've been on. I haven't flown in a couple years though. I always had to bring a laptop and borrow some extra batteries if I wanted to watch a movie or anything. I wish I could plug the thing in. That'd be great. And I coudl bring my VoIP modem along and talk to people too? That'd be pretty cool.

By miahallen on 6/4/2006 7:46:29 PM , Rating: 2
This will be great for long flights, now would you please provide us with power outlets we can actually use, thanks! Not all of us have "thin-and-lights".

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