Sputnik returns to part of its roots with the SputnikNet Express offering: The company started out with software for turning old PCs into hotspots in an affiliated network, but discovered its aggregation management software--tools to manage large numbers of access points through a central interface--was the valuable part. In the last two years, they added SputnikNet offerings which allow centrally managed hotspot networks with back-end charging. This latest Express addition costs nothing and is meant for stand-alone free hotspots that benefit from a splash page and other straightforward features.
Install Sputnik Agent on an appropriate access point, reflashing the firmware, or purchase such a unit from Sputnik. Configure your splash screen, choosing whether users see Google or Yahoo localized content, or no local content. And, bingo, you have a branded page with no authentication required that offers a screen of local content.
This software also allows you to choose to include PlaceSite, software developed for local community interaction.