FCC to sell airwaves for inflight Internet

The US Federal Communications Commission is planning to sell airwaves starting May to provide communications services like high-speed Internet to US air travelers, a Reuters report said.


Regulators also plan to auction airwaves used by phones embedded in airplane seats, the Reuters report said.


The airline phones, operated by a Verizon Communications, are not used regularly because of the high cost, the report said.


With the plan, the ailing airline industry could generate a new stream of revenue by partnering with companies wanting to offer high-speed Internet, or a cheaper on-board telephone service, the Reuters report said.


The report said Verizon plans to bid in the sale so it can offer wireless broadband during flights, according to company officials.