FAA Approves In-Flight Internet That Might Not Suck

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Up until now, Gogo has been using air-to-ground signals — basically, jacked-up cellular connections — to power its in-flight Wi-Fi. Even with enhanced antennas, that system tops out at around 10Mbps, slower than the minimum speed for your home broadband connection. The new system, which received Federal Aviation Administration approval for in-flight testing this week, uses a pair of K-band antennae to communicate with satellites in orbit. It’s all very clever, but the important thing is this: 70Mbps internet, anywhere in the world. – Chris Mills, Gizmodo