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January 10, 2011

Row 44 Approved For In-flight Broadband Over North Atlantic

By Calvin Azuri, TMCnet Contributor

Row 44, Inc. is one of the world's leading providers of in-flight broadband connectivity. The company recently announced that it has received approval from the FCC (News - Alert) to operate its service aboard commercial aircraft over the Atlantic Ocean.

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This FCC license for the T11N North Atlantic Oceanic Coverage satellite makes Row 44 the only provider that is currently being allowed to operate and charge for in-flight broadband connectivity on transatlantic flights.

In a release, Howard Lefkowitz, Row 44's chief commercial officer said that "This license creates complete seamlessness for Row 44's broadband across the Atlantic. Row 44 is now the only company in the world whose airline customers can charge for in-flight broadband on, say, a transatlantic flight from Paris to New York."

Row 44 is currently authorized to operate in over 100 countries on four continents. The company's current network coverage includes service over the U.S., Mexico and Canada, with transatlantic coverage linking North America and Europe expected to be up and running during 2011.

Row 44 is a provider of in-flight broadband connectivity to commercial airlines. Southwest Airlines is the company's first US customer.

When co-founders Gregg Fialcowitz and John Guidon were thinking up names, the first 100 or so all violated some trademark or copyright. Row 44 gets its name from British-born John Guidon's memories of transatlantic flights as a young man, where he was seated in the rear row of a DC-10—row 44—in a non-reclining seat directly in front of the flight attendants' galley, closest to the engine and sharing a wall with the bathroom. Row 44's mission is to make commercial air travel enjoyable and productive for even such customers.

Calvin Azuri is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Calvin’s articles, please visit his columnist page.