Boston’s Logan International Airport is attempting to pull the plug on Continental Airlines‘ free Wi-Fi node, which competes with the airport’s $7.95-a-day pay service.
In an escalating series of threatening letters sent over the last few weeks, airport officials have pledged to “take all necessary steps to have the (Wi-Fi) antenna removed” from Continental’s frequent flyer lounge. Continental’s free service poses an “unacceptable potential risk” to communications gear used by the state police and the Transportation Security Administration, the letters claim.
For its part, Continental says that a 1996 law prevents local officials from meddling with wireless service and has asked the Federal Communications Commission to intervene. Its letter to the FCC argues that the agency has “exclusive jurisdiction” over Wi-Fi and should keep local authorities at bay.