http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post...-airlines.html

American Airlines' plans to offer in-flight broadband access across certain transcontinental flights took a major step forward yesterday. Aircell, the airline's in-flight Internet access provider, has received two important approvals from the FAA, and is now cleared to begin rolling out its service....

Aircell's service (marketed under the name of GoGo) will offer complimentary access to AA.com and all information pertaining to landings, takeoffs, and fare prices. Passengers will also be able to peruse the Wall Street Journal Digest Edition and log into corporate VPNs (virtual private networks). VoIP services will not be available. The ban on cellular voice and VoIP services while in flight should reduce network traffic, improve overall service latency, and most importantly, prevent a number of in-flight homicides that might otherwise occur.....

There are a number of questions still to be answered about Aircell's GoGo service. AA has yet to comment on how much the service will cost, and Aircell itself has been vague on exactly what kind of speeds and latencies users can expect. Similarly, neither company has set a firm date on which to launch the service, though both have stated it will debut within 2008. By the end of the year, flying transcontinental won't necessarily mean spending five to six hours out of touch with the outside world, but it's up to you to determine whether or not that's a good thing or a bad thing.