Major Air to Ground Auction Winner Is Cellular Friendly
Jun 2, 2006, 2:32 PM by (staff)
The FCC's auction for two air-to-ground licenses in the 800 MHz spectrum has finally closed. AirCell, which won the larger 3 MHz lot, currently provides voice and data services, including cell phone use, to private planes and other small craft. They hold a number of patents on making cell phone calls from planes. It is possible that they will use this new spectrum to provide cellular service on commercial planes, however they are not allowed to comment on how the spectrum will be used, and the FAA still has not cleared cellular phone use on aircraft. The smaller one MHz block was won by JetBlue's LiveTV.