Google Inc. has just announced that it is working with airports across the U.S. as well as several hotspot providers to offer free Wi-Fi as a holiday gift.
This currently includes 47 airports, including Las Vegas, San Jose, Boston, Baltimore, Burbank, Houston, Indianapolis, Seattle, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando, St. Louis, and Charlotte. The FAA estimates, over 100 million people will pass through the participating airports between now and the end of the holiday rush.
Free access is already available, and will last until January 15. A complete list of participating airports can be found at freeholidaywifi.com.
Google worked with Boingo Wireless, Advanced Wireless Group, Airport Marketing Income, and others to provide this gift.
During this same period, all passengers on Virgin America will have free in-flight Wi-Fi.
Make a Charitable Contribution
Those who want to say “thank you” for free wireless access can make a donation to Engineers Without Borders, the One Economy Corporation, or the Climate Savers Computing Initiative. Google will match the donations made across all the networks up to $250,000, and the airport network that generates the highest amount per passenger by January 1 will receive $15,000 to donate to the local nonprofit of their choice.