Who owns the air?

Who owns the air?

Summary: MassPort, the Massachusetts agency that runs Boston's Logan Airport, is demanding that Continental Airlines shut down its free hotspot. Airport officials say the Wi-Fi radio in Continental's customer lounge poses an "unacceptable potential risk" to police and other security transmissions, according to a News.

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MassPort, the Massachusetts agency that runs Boston's Logan Airport, is demanding that Continental Airlines shut down its free hotspot. Airport officials say the Wi-Fi radio in Continental's customer lounge poses an "unacceptable potential risk" to police and other security transmissions, according to a News.com report. A more likely reason, notes ZDNet's David Berlind, is potential interference with the airport's own paid Wi-Fi service. "If MassPort prevails, this could set an incredibly ugly precedent for what I thought was freely available, unregulated airspace."  Meanwhile, ZDNet blogger Dana Blankenhorn sees this case as a collision of real estate and communications laws. "What's really at stake here is whether real estate owners also control radio signals coming through their property."

Topic: Wi-Fi

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David Gewirtz, Distinguished Lecturer at CBS Interactive, is an author, U.S. policy advisor, and computer scientist. He is featured in the History Channel special The President's Book of Secrets and is a member of the National Press Club.

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