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RDU to offer free Wi-Fi

Thursday, April 19, 2012

RDU Airport announced Thursday that it will launch a free Wi-Fi internet program for travelers, as well as a premium paid service for power users.

The Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority Board today approved the new plan and selected Concourse Communications, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Boingo Wireless, Inc. to provide the new service.

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.

The new internet service is scheduled to begin no later than July 2.

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