November 11, 2013
There Are Now More Than 2,011 North American Planes Outfitted With WiFi

It used to be that a traveler could escape the reaches of the Internet by flying 30,000 feet into the air in a metal tube outfitted with jet engines. At those altitudes, it was difficult to provide broadband, so people did crossword puzzles, finally read that Patti Smith autobiography, made fun of SkyMall, and had too many whiskeys. A worker was not really expected to work, even if the hours were on the clock. A spreadsheet would open here. A highlighter might get chewed on there. Documents sat on tray tables in unlocked positions. 
But really, planes were for sleeping and reading, being bored and getting tipsy. Sometimes, one talked with one’s seatmates, who were a real crapshoot, it must be said. 
Gogo changed that. They started outfitting planes with WiFi. Then they charged customers to use it. They were a throwback business: an Internet Service Provider. But for the sky. 
Read more. [Image: Reuters]

There Are Now More Than 2,011 North American Planes Outfitted With WiFi

It used to be that a traveler could escape the reaches of the Internet by flying 30,000 feet into the air in a metal tube outfitted with jet engines. At those altitudes, it was difficult to provide broadband, so people did crossword puzzles, finally read that Patti Smith autobiography, made fun of SkyMall, and had too many whiskeys. A worker was not really expected to work, even if the hours were on the clock. A spreadsheet would open here. A highlighter might get chewed on there. Documents sat on tray tables in unlocked positions. 

But really, planes were for sleeping and reading, being bored and getting tipsy. Sometimes, one talked with one’s seatmates, who were a real crapshoot, it must be said. 

Gogo changed that. They started outfitting planes with WiFi. Then they charged customers to use it. They were a throwback business: an Internet Service Provider. But for the sky.

Read more. [Image: Reuters]

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