SFO to fill skies with permanent Wi-Fi provider

San Francisco International Airport is set to engage in contract negotiations with a wireless internet provider to ensure the hub’s new free Wi-Fi perks remain a permanent fixture.

Since Sept. 1, the airport has offered wireless service as part of a pact with T-Mobile. However, SFO’s contract with T-Mobile officially expired in June, and its current agreement with the provider is only on an interim basis, airport spokesman Michael McCarron said.

To find a long-term solution for its Internet service plans, the airport could begin talks soon with the Advanced Wireless Group (AWG), an organization that provides wireless service at airports in six national cities, including Boston, Miami and Indianapolis.

Victor Gill, spokesman for the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, which features wireless system set up by AWG, said he has received no passenger complaints about the service.

“I have personal experience using it, and it works really well,” Gill said. “It’s a nice amenity to have.”

On Tuesday, the SFO Airport Commission could approve a resolution to engage in talks with AWG, which was selected by staff as the preferred wireless provider.

Once a tentative contract agreement with AWG is reached, the document will go before the airport commission for final approval, McCarron said.

Patrons at SFO will continue to receive free wireless via T-Mobile in the meantime.

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

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