JetBlue Airways is offering free Wi-Fi to folks hanging out in its departure gates in Terminal 6 in New York's JFK Airport: The airline also offers the free Wi-Fi in its hub, the LA/Long Beach airport.
If more airlines start doing this, it will be interesting to watch what happens to the companies that are already offering fee-based services in airports. That seems to be a big business, with hotspot providers signing exclusive deals with airports. I wonder what sort of rights airlines have to build Wi-Fi networks in the gates they often use. Glenn has heard from some folks in the industry that airports are starting to assert rights to spectrum that they previously left alone, or encoding these rights in new contracts as airline leases expire.