Free Wireless Internet Access Arrives at PHL|
PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 13, 2006--Travelers wishing to connect to the Internet using their laptop computers can now do so for free in the B/C Food Court at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). The pilot program began September 1st and is expected to last at least through the end of the year and possibly into early spring, at which time it will be determined whether the program will become permanent or expand into other areas of the Airport. "This service is not only beneficial to the thousands of passengers who use our Airport every day, but it also dovetails with our initiative to make the entire City a free wireless 'hot spot,'" declared Major John F. Street. "Wireless devices are becoming indispensable in people's professional and personal lives, and the City is committed to making the latest technology accessible to everyone." In 2003, PHL was among the first airports in the country to offer high-speed wireless Internet access, or Wi-Fi. The pilot program offering free Wi-Fi in the B/C Food Court is a collaboration among the Airport, MarketPlace Redwood, L.P., the company that develops and manages the Airport's Food, Beverage and Retail Program, and AT&T, the Airport's Wi-Fi service provider. Outside the B/C Food Court, travelers can connect to the Internet via high-speed wireless access for $7.95 for a 24-hour connection or $39.95 for an unlimited monthly option that works across the entire Wi-Fi network as well as on AT&T roaming partner networks. "The demand for Wi-Fi at PHL is growing exponentially. In the past year, usage has doubled to 10,000 connections per month," noted Charles J. Isdell, the City's Director of Aviation. "Providing complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access in the Food Court will enable passengers to do their shopping and then log onto the Internet for free while they eat." The Philadelphia Airport System is owned and operated by the City of Philadelphia and is composed of Philadelphia International Airport and Northeast Philadelphia Airport. The Airport System is a self-sustaining entity that operates without the use of local tax dollars. It is one of the largest economic engines in Pennsylvania, generating an estimated $14 billion in spending to the regional economy and employing a workforce of nearly 34,000.