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Aircell is a private company started in 1991 developing broadband for both private and commercial aviation. Aircell is the only company in the United States authorized by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to use frequencies in the 800 MHz band for inflight communications. Aircell successfully bid $31.3 million for a 3 MHz air-to-ground spectrum in an FCC auction in June 2006. The system is based on the TIA-856-A Evolution Data Optimized (EV-DO) standard. Aircell holds over 20 patents relating to technology for airborne telecommunications. Formation, based in Moorestown, NJ, developed two critical hardware components of Aircell's Gogo Inflight Internet system: its Central Processor Unit (ACPU) and the custom built Cabin Wireless Access Point (CWAP). The company states that the idea for Aircell began in a barbecue restaurant in Denison, Texas, where company founder Jimmy Ray first made sketches on a paper napkin for an affordable telephone system for airplanes. Jimmy Ray subsequently formed Aircell. On August 1, 2007, American Airlines partnered with Aircell to offer broadband on American's flights. On September 13, 2007, Virgin

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