Brewer Lobbies Free Wifi at NYC Airports
Jotham Sederstrom Oct. 14, 2013, 2 p.m.
Travelers passing through New York City’s major airports may get free Wifi if New York City Councilwoman Gale Brewer gets her way.
According to a recent report by the New York Post, the councilwoman, who represents the Upper West Side and northern Clinton, introduced a resolution that would require the Port Authority to give free access to all travelers.
“Offering free Wifi access is an important step to ensure that visitors and residents of New York are connected, and that New York City remains at the forefront of the digital revolution,” Brewer said in a statement.
If it passes, the Port Authority would have to amend its contract with Boingo Wireless to provide Wifi service for free. Boingo provides the Wifi service used at New York’s LaGuardia, JFK and Newark’s Liberty International airports. Under the current contract, travelers must pay a fee when logging onto the Wifi. Fees vary in price from daily to hourly use. If the new resolution is passed, travelers will get a break and get to log on for free.
The push for the free Wifi is a part of Brewer’s initiatives to boost technology in the city and the city’s technology image. Brewer is running for Manhattan borough president. She is among the candidates listed on the November ballot.