FCC To Boston Airport: You Know We Meant It When We Said You Can't Control WiFi
from the and-again-and-again-and-again dept
Why does this story keep coming up? We have no idea. It’s been over two years since the FCC stated in no uncertain terms that airports cannot dictate to airlines how they can offer WiFi. Only the FCC has the authority to regulate the airwaves, and no “landlord” can tell you not to. Yet, for some reason, Boston-Logan International Airport (run by Massport) simply won’t give up. Despite the FCC ruling, they tried to tell Continental Airlines it couldn’t offer free WiFi at the airport, and later made the entirely bogus claim that this was actually a security issue, and that Continental’s free WiFi might interfere with someone else’s WiFi and create a security problem. The proper response to that, of course, is to ask why Massport is relying on WiFi for security purposes. Though, honestly, that’s really beside the point. The FCC had already made it perfectly clear that the airport can’t tell the airlines what to do, so it’s no surprise to hear that the FCC is about to explain to Massport that they weren’t kidding about that in the past, and that Massport really needs to back off and let Continental offer whatever it wants.