The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has established new rules to help speed the deployment of Internet services onboard aircraft. Since 2001, FCC has authorized companies—on an ad hoc basis—to operate earth stations aboard aircraft (ESAA) communicating with fixed-satellite service (FSS) geostationary-orbit space stations by means of antennas mounted on the exterior of aircraft. Theauthorized companies are Panasonic Avionics Corp., Row 44, ViaSat, ARINC Inc. and ...

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