AT&T Thinks It Can Provide Seamless Wi-Fi at 30,000 Feet The telecommunications company said that by late 2015, it would build a new air-to-ground network based on 4G LTE, creating a better wireless experience on continental flights.

By Laura Entis

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When it comes to internet access, the skies are the latest frontier -- and AT&T wants in on the action.

The telecommunications company announced yesterday that it's working on a way to provide in-flight Internet connections for some airlines by building a new air-to-ground network based on 4G LTE.

"The service, planned to be available as soon as late 2015, will be capable of providing in-flight broadband for customers including fast, reliable Wi-Fi and onboard entertainment," the company said in a statement.

Related: FAA Will Allow Use of Electronic Devices During All Stages of Flight

Taking a not-so-subtle jab at current in-flight Internet providers like Gogo (whose stock plummeted after AT&T's announcement), the company cited a recent survey done by Honeywell, "indicating that in-flight Wi-Fi currently causes frustrations for nearly nine in 10 users worldwide, most often due to inconsistent or slow connections."

AT&T is on it, though. According to the company, its in-flight WiFi connection will be faster than the current available options because it has the expertise, spectrum and financial strength to provide a stronger network. It will also be partnering with Honeywell to install all necessary equipment on planes.

If AT&T can truly provide a faster connection at 30,000 feet, how much will it cost? And which airlines will this transformed airborne connectivity be available on?

No word yet. "AT&T will provide information on pricing and availability prior to launch," the company said.

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Laura Entis is a reporter for Fortune.com's Venture section.

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