Aircell Named Winner in Internet Services Category for TechAmerica Foundation American Technology Awards

Jun 29, 2010, 08:00 ET from Aircell

ITASCA, Ill., June 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Aircell, the world's leading provider of inflight connectivity, has been named the winner in the Internet Services category for the American Technology Awards, which bestows the only "Best Of" awards that recognize all technology products and services for the technology industry. The award was attributed to Gogo® Inflight Internet Service.  Nominations for The American Technology Awards "The Termans" were vetted by industry experts and technology companies. These awards have been named after Frederick Terman, who is widely credited as being the father of Silicon Valley.

Gogo is inflight Internet allowing travelers to stay connected to their world below.  Passengers simply connect online with any Wi-Fi enabled laptop, mobile phone or portable game device and they can keep up with emails, news, shopping, sports scores, social networks and more, all from 30,000 feet.  

"On behalf of the team at Aircell, we are honored to win the prestigious American Technology Awards," commented Michael Small, Aircell's President and CEO.  "Available on nearly 1,000 aircraft today, Gogo has clearly changed traveler's lives providing connectivity from 30,000 feet.  This award is attributed to the Aircell team for their hard work and dedication in making this a reality."

"We had a lot of nominations for these prestigious awards, and we congratulate Aircell for their winning achievement," said Phil Bond, chairman, TechAmerica Foundation. "TechAmerica Foundation is excited to highlight Aircell, as it continues to influence technology development throughout the rest of the world."

The American Technology Awards were presented for each of the inclusive segments of the technology industry: Aerospace and Defense; Clean Tech/Green Tech/Smart Grid; Cloud Computing/Software as a Service; Computers and Peripherals; Consumer Electronics; Cyber Security and Authentication; Electronic Components; Internet Services; Measurement and Control Instruments; Medical Devices; Server & Storage Technology; Software; Technology Consulting; Technology Services; and Telecommunications.

The winners were announced on June 16 at TechAmerica Foundation's Eighth Annual Technology and Government Dinner which has been a premier Washington, D.C. networking event bringing hundreds of industry, congressional and government leaders together at one venue to celebrate the partnership between industry and government.

For more information, please visit www.techamericafoundation.org/thetermans.

About Aircell

Aircell® is the world's leading provider of airborne communications.  As winner of an exclusive FCC frequency license in 2006, Aircell has built a revolutionary mobile broadband network for commercial and business aviation.  In 2008, the Aircell Network and its inflight portal, Gogo®, revolutionized the commercial airline passenger flight experience by delivering a robust Internet experience at 35,000 feet.   In addition, the Aircell Network provides airlines with connectivity to operations and a path to enhanced cabin services such as video, audio, television and more.  A similar feature set is available to Business aircraft operators.  Aircell has facilities in Broomfield, Colorado, and Itasca, Illinois.  Aircell's vision is to give everyone the ability to stay in touch, in flight®.  For more information about Aircell, please visit www.aircell.com.

About Gogo

Gogo®, powered by Aircell, turns a commercial airplane into a Wi-Fi hotspot with true inflight Internet access.  Passengers with Wi-Fi enabled devices, such as laptops, smartphones and PDAs, can surf the Web, check e-mail, instant message, access a corporate VPN and more.  For more information about Gogo, please visit www.gogoinflight.com.  You can also follow 'gogoInflight' on Twitter (www.twitter.com/gogoinflight) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/gogoinflight).

About TechAmerica Foundation

TechAmerica Foundation educates industry executives, policy makers and opinion leaders on the promise of technological innovation to advance prosperity, security and the general welfare. Launched in 2009, the foundation is a 501c(3) non-profit, non-partisan affiliate of TechAmerica, the leading voice and resource for the U.S. technology industry. It disseminates award-winning industry, policy and market research covering topics such as U.S. competitiveness in a global economy, innovation in government, and other areas of national interest. The foundation also organizes conferences and seminars to explore pertinent issues with government and industry representatives and to share the foundation's findings. Learn more about TechAmerica Foundation at www.techamericafoundation.org.

Media Contacts:

Arianne Venuso

Aircell

630.647.1088

avenuso@aircell.com


Anne Caliguiri Savoie

Director of Communications, TechAmerica

703.284.5305

anne.savoie@techamericafoundation.org



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