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"JetBlue wins an air-ground wireless license

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - JetBlue Airways Corp. won a wireless license to offer high-speed Internet and other communications services on commercial aircraft in a U.S. Federal Communications Commission auction that ended on Friday.

The company's subsidiary LiveTV LLC bid $7 million for a 1 megahertz wireless license, while a company with ties to AirCell Inc., which designs and sells airborne communications systems, won the 3 megahertz license with a bid of $31.3 million.

The winner of the larger license, AC BidCo LLC, also has ties to private equity firm Ripplewood Holdings LLC.

The current user of the airwaves, Verizon Communications' Airfone unit, dropped out early in the auction that started on May 10. After the licenses are issued, Verizon must limit operations and then in May 2010 give up the airwaves.

While Verizon's telephone service aboard commercial planes has not done well because of the high cost to use the phones, there has been interest in offering high-speed Internet access in the air to business travelers.

The licenses will not mean travelers can soon use their cell phones in the air. The FCC and Federal Aviation Administration are still weighing whether to permit that."

http://today.reuters.com/news/newsarticle.aspx?type=internetNews&storyid=2006-06-02T165045Z_01_N02222830_RTRUKOC_0_US-TELECOMS-WIRELESS-AUCTION.xml&src=rss&rpc=22

i say its about time technolgy caught up with the airplanes,etc but than again there can be a downside to that stuff im sure...all it takes is some wiz kid to mess that upp..

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