Entrepreneur equips luxury shuttles from Boston to New York with satellite radio and bandwidth: This is more a story about whether someone can succeed where others will fail, offering an inexpensive business/first-class trip between two commercial cities, Boston and New York. It sounds very much like Amtrak's business service on their high-speed trains out west here, and maybe like Acela.
The difference is that the Acela train service in the northeast is subject to lots of problems: breakdowns, delays, freight train priority, etc. Shuttle flights, much more expensive, require 2 hour advance arrival at the airport, which is already a reasonable trip away from anywhere in Boston or New York and then getting from the airport to your destination. So train is 3+ hours, if it gets there on time, and plane is at least 4 hours end to end.
This luxury bus service boasts Wi-Fi and Ethernet throughout the bus, which means that not only are you ensconced in a great seat, but you can have constant connectivity without the pressurization issues and airflow that make it hard for me (and many) to work on planes. The 2-1 (two seats on one side and one on another) configuration means you have more elbow room, too.
Even more brilliant is the 10-seat conference center in the back of the bus. I can see how a moving business meeting with bandwidth could substantially improve the efficiency of certain kinds of businesses.
The analysts and experts who say that this service will probably fail like the others isn't noting that the others didn't offer bandwidth. No mention of whether there will be electrical outlets at each seat, which would be an additional plus, but not critical on a journey of this length. [via Jim Sullivan]