2005/09/03 – KALAMAZOO GAZETTE :: AIRPORT PLANS CEREMONY TO LAUNCH WIRELESS ACCESS

KALAMAZOO GAZETTE

2005-09-03

Airport plans ceremony to launch wireless access

2005-09-03 – By Jane C. Parikh – jparikh@kalamazoogazette.com 388-8558 – The Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport will host a “wire-cutting” ceremony Tuesday to formally announce the availability of wireless Internet access at the airport.

Airport executives and others from the community will officially unveil the service at 9 a.m. Tuesday. The air terminal went wireless on Aug. 11.

“Passengers will be able to come into the airport and fire up the wireless system and get onto the Internet, “said Cliff Moshoginis, assistant airport director. “There was a tremendous request for that use.”

The airport, which is owned and operated by Kalamazoo County, annually serves more than 500,000 passengers. About 75 percent are business travelers who may want to stay in touch with their offices, clients and others.

The wireless service will be provided at no cost to the airport by ICOA Inc. ICOA is a Rhode Island-based national provider of wireless broadband Internet networks that spent about $15,000 to install the wireless equipment.

Airport Director Kenneth Potts has said ICOA will make money on roaming agreements that users have with networks like Verizon or SBC or by charging users without a wireless service plan $6.95 for 24 hours of access.

Potts said the airport will receive a minimum of $3,000 in annual revenue from ICOA.

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