Satellite and fixed network services company ViaSat secured the approval of the US Federal Communications Commission to operate a high-speed in-flight Internet service with speeds of up to 12 Mbps for each passenger.
JetBlue is expected to be one of the first airlines to offer ViaSat’s high-speed Internet connectivity in its aircraft, beginning in fall 2013.
The FCC Authorization for the Ka-band satellite-based service covers all the 50 states and is valid for 15 years plus renewals.
The service, called ViaSat Exede In The Air, is delivered through ViaSat-1, a high-bandwidth communications satellite.
The ViaSat system offers sufficient bandwidth to offer guaranteed connectivity speeds of 12 Mbps to each user on any given aircraft.