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Tuesday, March 01, 2021

Logically, airports should be front and center in wi-fi deployment. Business road warriors love to be tethered to the Web (whether they truly need to be or not), so they’d be logging on at every spare moment — and there’s nothing but spare moments in airports.

And yet, airports are among the slowest public spaces to roll out wireless networks.

Actually, I think it’s obvious why the airports aren’t hotfooting it to provide free Web access: They don’t want to step on the toes of their tenants, many of whom are selling wi-fi linkage. The business customers who have the most critical need for those in-transit hookups are precisely the high-yield customers that Starbucks wants. If airports started giving it away, they’d be taking money away from those coffeeshops and lounges.

So it’s no surprise as to why airports aren’t rushing to set up transmitters. Rather, I think the bigger surprise is why any airports are doing wi-fi at all.

Incidentally, this airport wi-fi hotspot chart by JiWire.com is a bit iffy. It says that Tampa International Airport has no free wi-fi, which I know is false: Paul Sullivan of Sullivan Media, with whom I spent several hours meeting yesterday, took advantage of the airport’s free wireless connection to email me just before he flew back to Vancouver.

- Costa Tsiokos, Tue 03/01/2021 09:48:33 PM
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