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LA Times: Boeing Planning to Offer In-Flight Internet Services

[ Thanks to Paul
Eggert
for this link. ]

“In the not-too-distant future, you’ll be able read or send an
e-mail, surf the Web, watch real-time news or communicate with the
home office at 40,000 feet.”

“Upon entering the jetliner, a passenger will hook up his or her
laptop to the airplane seat. Connexion will identify the type of
computer and operating system and then download system
software.”

Connexion will have significant bandwidth, able to receive
information at 5 megabits per second. Data can be sent from the
plane at 1.5 mps, or about as fast as a T-1 line. The open
computing platform will run Microsoft’s Windows 2000 and Linux
operating systems.

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