New York City Council lobbies for free WiFi at airports

By Kate Rice
New York City officials are pushing for free Wi-Fi service at the three major airports in the New York metropolitan area: Newark, Kennedy and LaGuardia.

Members of the New York City Council and other officials sent a letter to the CEO of Boingo Wireless, the airports’ WiFi vendor, saying that Boingo’s contract with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey locks the city’s airports into a pay model.

The letter called for a new contract that suggests subsidizing WiFi service with advertisements.

The letter was a follow-up to a council resolution passed in December, which called on Boingo to amend the contract. The council said it had received no response to its request.

Several U.S. airports have free WiFi. Airfarewatchdog.com has a WiFi access list.
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