Some 25 Years Later, In-Flight Internet Nearing Reality

from the the-slow-pace-of-change dept

It appears that the dream of in-flight internet access on domestic flights may be nearing reality, a few years after some international carriers began offering it. And while many travelers bemoan the slow progress in this area, the vision of on-board connectivity for business travellers is actually really old one. As early as 1982, the company Airfone anticipated the use of portable computing devices that could access corporate data and electronic mail from an airplane. The company also predicted that business travelers would be able to work from hotels, though sadly this too has yet to pan out. While it's exciting that there's finally activity in this area, it's disturbing how long progress can take. Perhaps in 25 years we'll have a fuel cell laptop battery that can last a whole trip.
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    DittoBox, 5 Jun 2006 @ 10:57pm

    Re: Next Step

    Naw, they already make obscene amounts of money off the rates they charge.

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