One thing that will certainly help them out is that the FCC granted them a permanent operating license on Thursday. That means they are good to go when it comes to all installing Internet magic on airplanes. The company already has gotten approval in Mexico and Canada, so they are ready to take the North American market by storm.
Row 44 uses a satellite technology, as opposed to Aircell's ground antennas, and promises broadband speeds similar to what you have on the ground at home. For now, Row 44 has a long way to go to become our in-flight WiFi leader. The Gogo service currently reigns, having signed some of the big guys like Delta and American Airlines. However, Southwest has quite the network in the US, so if they ever want to equip all their planes—that’ll be a good chunk of change for Row 44. Best of all, a little competition for our WiFi dollars can’t hurt!
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