Update: Jet Blue Wi-Fi Crippled For a Reason

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Jet Blue's air-to-ground cellular network (provided by LiveTV on the same spectrum as those in-flight phones no one uses) is still experiencing too many dropped connections between cell nodes to support the bandwidth necessary for full-on surfing, the NY Times is reporting. Hence the Yahoo Mail/IM and Blackberries only restriction, and the lack of cost. American, Virgin America, and Alaska Airlines are expected to join the fray with more robust, pay-per-use services "in the coming months," the latter using a more reliable and international satellite connection for more bandwidth and range. [New York Times]

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DISCUSSION

Cell phones don't mess with the flight instruments but they can cause minor static over the radio, just a few clicks. But if you multiply that by a dozen. two dozen, or a hundred, then the problem is not so minor.