RDU to offer free Wi-Fi

Posted August 30, 2012 2:37 p.m. EDT
Updated August 30, 2012 2:41 p.m. EDT

— Raleigh-Durham International Airport will begin offering free wireless Internet on Saturday, officials said.

Airport officials said Thursday that free Wi-Fi will be offered for casual web users, while a paid premium service will be available for those who want 24-hour access to the Internet. Both services will be managed by Boingo Wireless.

Officials said the offer is in response to customer demand.

“One of the most frequent requests we receive from passengers is for free Wi-Fi service,” said Teresa Damiano, director of marketing and customer relations at RDU.

The free access will provide a 45-minute connection to check email or surf the web. When the session times out, users can log back in for additional sessions.

The paid option will have a higher download speed for customers who want to stream video, connect to corporate networks, email large files or do other tasks that require more power.

The premium service will cost $7.95 for 24 hours or $9.95 for Boingo’s monthly plan. The premium accounts can be used at more than 60 airports worldwide where Boingo provides wireless service.