Logan is Trying to Kill Free Wi-Fi

Boston airport tries to kill free Wi-Fi node | CNET News.com

Continential has a Wi-Fi antenna at their frequent flyer lounge and it lets people get free Wi-Fi at Logan. This, of course, pisses off the folks at Logan who want you to fork up dough to access their pay as you surf network.

The folks on the Boston WAG list have a petition going around which will hopefully bug the FCC enough that we can get what we want! More in the extended entry, English bad today, need more coffee.

Continental Airlines is fighting for their right to
offer free WiFi (info below) at Boston’s Logan
Airport.

To support free WiFi at Logan Airport and to prevent a
chilling precedent in FCC policy, please submit a
public comment to the FCC. This PDF has instructions
for submitting comments, both by e-mail and snail
mail.

http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-05-2213A1.pdf

Thanks,
Pat McCormick.

PS – And please help spread the word beyond our WAG
list.

7 Comments so far

  1. Ken Zon (unregistered) on August 4th, 2005 @ 3:50 pm

    I’m all for free Wi-Fi, but doesn’t this issue really come down to a lease dispute? The FCC doc seems to indicate that.

    The gist of the Continental complaint, as I read it, is that the airport’s lease should not supercede the OTARD (great acronym) rules the FCC has.

    So if Continental prevails, does that mean a property owner will no longer have any say over what tenants can do if it falls within the OTARD rules? I could see where an apartment building might want to prohibit its tenants from installing their own Wi-Fi networks to prevent over-saturation (maybe the building offers a central free system or something). If someone agrees to a lease with that stipulation, it seems strange that FCC rules would trump that contract.


  2. db (unregistered) on August 4th, 2005 @ 4:46 pm

    If I buy bandwidth, I should be allowed to saturate that connection regardless of how many people are sending packets through it. Continental should be allowed to do the same. This seems like nothing less than forcing people to spend money where they don’t have to. Here we have a company (Continental) spending its own money to provide a service for its customers, but another company (Logan) wants to profit from those customers instead, and so it trying to stop Continental.

    Free WiFi is being crimminalized and we need to fight that trend whenever we can. I assume Continental doesn’t have a lot of choices if it wants to serve Boston. Logan’s attempts to prohibit free WiFi seems an abuse of their priviledged position. Using the apartment building analogy, it’s as if the management charged for cable access and then prohibited tenants from inviting others over to watch T.V. with them.


  3. cameron (unregistered) on August 4th, 2005 @ 5:09 pm

    what is it with some greedy company who wants to profit from everything that is new or old but expanding out to freebies? I was told or there was a talk about FCC approving that the whole United States is to give free wifi so everyone can use it. I dunno if this is true or a hoax.. However imagine Logan wanting to profit and FCC approving it to be widespread free wifi if you on the road or in town or even away from home or perhaps in the homes to get access network..

    Contiental folks- I applaud you for treating customers the best services you can give. keep it up with the great work!


  4. macki (unregistered) on August 4th, 2005 @ 7:17 pm

    This may be similar to when city governments have zoning regulations that prohibit large satellite dishes. The FCC has jurisdiction and their rules supercede it.


  5. Bob K (unregistered) on August 4th, 2005 @ 9:27 pm

    This goes a bit further. Continental does NOT provide WIFI service to all customers but to ones that are members of their PResidents club which is a membership club that annual fees are paid for. The jist of this blog is that this is NOT a free service to anyone or even continental travelers but members of the club. I think as such the PResident’s club should be allowed to do whatever they want. I compare this to a building owner STOP a bar or restaurant from letting its customers watch a pay-per-view event that they paid for because the building owner wants to charge them to watch it in his building. Makes no sense…..


  6. fred (unregistered) on August 5th, 2005 @ 1:01 am

    Seems to me there is a practical solution.

    Continental wants to provide free WiFi to

    members of the President’s Club. Let them establish

    some security so only real President’s Club

    members can use it. That should make Logan happy

    as well. Yes?


  7. russell (unregistered) on August 10th, 2005 @ 12:29 pm

    how come you don’t hear about all this trouble at other major airports?

    ahh…good ol massport, greedy greedy greedy.

    Whether Massport has the right to do what they are doing or not, it certainly sends a CLEAR message to flyers that they are out for your wallet any way they can get at it.

    There’s no security issue if implemented right otherwise no other airport would have multi access, period.



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