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JetBlue Launches Satellite-Based Inflight Wi-Fi 79

Posted by samzenpus
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First time accepted submitter spineas writes "JetBlue is rolling out a new form of inflight Wi-Fi operating from satellites instead of ground-based cell towers. Up to eight times faster than traditional inflight Wi-Fi, it will enable users to stream video whilst in the air, something that is nearly impossible to do with current dial-up speed access in aircraft."
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JetBlue Launches Satellite-Based Inflight Wi-Fi

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  • FUCK /. BETA! (Score:0, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 12, 2013 @09:04PM (#45676337)

    Anyone else forced to beta.slashdot.org when coming from RSS. That has got to be the shittiest "Web 2.0" space-inefficient layout imaginable. I'm done with /.

  • by Typical Slashdotter (2848579) on Thursday December 12, 2013 @09:22PM (#45676425)
    How would you like Slashdot to cover this? It's clearly within their scope, and they never claimed to have original journalism for these sorts of things, so they're left linking to other people's coverage. What Slashdot brings to the table is gathering these sorts of stories in one place and (more importantly) the comment section.
  • by erice (13380) on Thursday December 12, 2013 @09:52PM (#45676625) Homepage

    Why can't people just relax and enjoy the peace and quiet ?

    Why must they bring all those hustle and bustle into one of the last quiet spaces left ?

    What peace and quiet? Airline cabins are noisy (what do think noise canceling headphones were invented for?) and uncomfortable. Some of us can sleep through this after a fashion. Others would much rather get work done so they have to time to relax somewhere that is actually relaxing.

  • Re:How many? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Tiek00n (1932558) on Thursday December 12, 2013 @10:19PM (#45676751)
    Full disclosure: I work for the company that JetBlue is partnered with to provide the satellite link, and I work on this project specifically.

    There was a media flight yesterday morning that had a bunch of aviation press on it, all trying to push the system to its limits. Here's what one blogger [jaunted.com] had to say: "Speedtests proved that the WiFi remained fast, registering between 12-28 Mbps, even with over 60 devices connected and pushing activities like Netflix Instant, Google Video Hangouts, Ustream live streaming, and Skype calls." Engadget [engadget.com] also has more details about the media flight.

    There are obviously a lot of posts about the service, but out of the ~10 that I read those had the most details about Wednesday morning's actual flight.

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