Austin Airport WiFi Now Through Boingo, Just As Weird
It's the death of the mom-and-pop store, gone wireless: After its contract lapsed with local WiFi provider Wayport, Austin Bergstrom International Airport has signed up with near-ubiquitous Boingo for terminal service.
The move has been a few months in the making as Wayport, which formerly partnered with T-Mobile, was acquired by AT&T in November. Travelers have to go to downtown Austin to connect to the city's free public hotspots, although Boingo is looking into free access via kiosks in the terminal.
We still think WiFi should be free, but we'll say this for Boingo: We've never had trouble connecting to one of their hot spots, nor, once we've paid, have we been charged multiple times for closing and re-opening our browser on the same day. And a free hotspot one can't connect to for love or money is almost worse than having to fork over $7.95 for an hour of 'Net access. Almost.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story reported that wireless access used to be free in the terminals, which was not true. Thanks to Jim Halbrook of ABIA for the info.
[Photo of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport: kirkh]