RDU launches free Wi-Fi program

September 1, 2012 9:23:06 AM PDT
Beginning Saturday, wireless internet is free to all who pass through RDU Airport.

The Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority launched its new public Wi-Fi program featuring free service for casual users and a premium paid service for power users. Boingo Wireless will manage and operate the tiered Wi-Fi services.

"One of the most frequent requests we receive from passengers is for free Wi-Fi service," said Teresa Damiano, RDU's deputy airport director of marketing and customer relations. "Through our partnership with Boingo Wireless, we are able to offer a variety of Wi-Fi services that meet the diverse needs of our passengers."

The new service will allow users to log on and use the internet cost-free for 45 minutes. Once the complimentary session times out, users can log back on for additional sessions. The complimentary option is designed for casual users who want to check their email or surf the web.

Unlike the free service, the paid option will not feature ads and will have a higher download speed. Users who need a higher connection to order to connect to corporate VPNs, email large files or stream video.

Users who require the premium connection can pay $7.95 for 24 hours, or $9.95 for Boingo's monthly plan.

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