Boston Airport: WiFi battleground
January 3rd, 2006

Boston’s Logan Airport is the site of a wireless access battle, which might be the first of many. Logan has asked several airlines, including Continental, to stop offering free WiFi to customers.

Soon after activating its own $8-a-day WiFi service in the summer of 2004, the Massachusetts Port Authority, which runs Logan, ordered Continental and American Airlines to shut down WiFi services in their Logan lounges. Massport also ordered Delta Air Lines Inc. not to turn on a planned WiFi service in its new $500 million Terminal A that opened last March.

Logan sites security issues, as well as the landlord’s right to set terms for tenants (like airlines). So airport groups nd airlines are seeking FCC guidance, which may have implications for wireless access throughout United States airports.

At a broader level, a non-air-travel industry has shown interest. Partners Healthcare of Boston leases from many landlords, and is concerned about landlord-tenant issues.

(via Ars Technica)

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