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Yahoo Travel Gets Results: NYC Airports Will Get Free Wi-Fi

Brittany Jones Cooper
Editor, Yahoo Travel
June 27, 2014

On Wednesday, free wireless access was approved by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey after they renegotiated terms with Internet provider, Boingo.

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But of course, there’s a catch. The free Wi-Fi is only for the first 30 minutes. After that it will cost $7.95 a day. It’s not a total slam dunk, but it’s something.

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Joseph Sitt is the founder of the Global Gateaway Alliance (GGA),  an airport advocacy organization, and calls this a definite victory. “Free Wi-Fi is a major step forward for our airports,” Sitt said. “And more importantly, a major win for passengers.”

This news comes just 3 days after we ran a story about the GGA and the  NYC City Council’s plea for free Wi-Fi in New York Area Airports.

Council members wrote an impassioned letter to Boingo, asking that they renegotiate their terms of service with the Port Authority, and provide complimentary Wi-Fi at Newark, JFK and LaGuardia airports. Ask and you shall receive.

The service is expected to begin this fall.

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