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Sunday, November 05, 2006

Cheers for the FCC

Cheers all around for the FCC in its ruling that Massport -- the operators of Boston's Logan Airport -- cannot monopolize WiFi at the airport. The issue was the free WiFi in the airline lounges, and when MassPort ordered Continental to turn off its wireless in the President's Club (for security reasons, they argued!) the airline protested and took the issue to the federal agency.

It looks like the major airlines at Logan will now provide some wireless services for their customers -- perhaps even outside the lounge areas.

I have found nothing more annoying when traveling than having to spend 8 to 10 dollars for a couple of hours (or less) of WiFi at airports in the US and elsewhere. You would assume that these folks would wise up and see that there are many ways to generate revenue from free WiFi through advertisements or more innovative approaches.

Nice going FCC!!!!

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