Hotspot Hits for April 30, 2004

By Wi-Fi Planet Staff

April 30, 2004

Atlanta preps citywide Wi-Fi; Connexion by Boeing go live in first airline; Indianapolis plans to push up the Most Unwired survey; and more.

  • Atlanta, Georgia is developing plans for city-wide wireless Internet access which it will sell to end users via monthly subscription and day-passes. The project, called Atlanta FastPass (or the unwieldy "City of Atlanta Community Technology Citywide Wi-Fi Initiative") is expected to be done within three years and will start with coverage at the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and the city hall. The network will be built by Biltmore Communications, a local ISP and cable provider, which already runs some local hotspots under the FastPass brand, including those at the Georgia World Congress Center convention building, Technology Square at Georgia Tech, Colony Square, and more. All will be absorbed into the Atlanta FastPass network when completed. The plan was approved this month by the Atlanta City Council. -- April 29, 2004

  • Connexion by Boeing -- the holy grail of in-flight Wi-Fi-based access to the Internet -- is coming soon to airlines in Germany, Singapore, Scandinavia, and Japan. What's more, now customers of NTT Docomo in Japan will be able to use their existing Docomo accounts to log onto the service when available. The Connexion charges will just show up on their bill. (Now, if only Delta and Verizon would be so kind as to start working with this service....) -- April 29, 2004

  • The Pinnacle Hotel USA locations in San Diego are all getting high-speed Internet access (HSIA) courtesy of SkyRiver Communications, expanding on the exclusive agreement they two have to put access into 22 Pinnacle properties in California, Arizona, Ohio, and Washington. Access will be completely 802.11b wireless in guest rooms and common areas. -- April 29, 2004

  • Indianapolis is currently ranked number 46 on Intel's Most Unwired Cities Survey, but there are plans afoot to put it into the top ten. Local WISP eWireless (with backing from hotspot equipment provider Sputnik) plans to push for installation of more hotspots throughout the city in the next year. eWireless currently provides access at public locations and in office buildings and multi-dwelling units. The company offers its own Hot Spotz in a Box product to venue owners looking to offer Wi-Fi to customers. -- April 29, 2004

  • TengoInternet of Austin, Texas, a WISP that specializes in Wi-Fi for hotels and camp grounds, has entered a new agreement with RV parks including Hidden Valley RV Resort in Milton, Wisconsin; in Colorado they're adding the Monument RV Resort in Fruta, and the Mesa Campground and Blue Mesa Recreational Ranch in Gunnison. The company will soon have 110 "TengoZones" installed in RV parks in those two states plus Arizona, California, Florida, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, and Texas. -- April 27, 2004

  • Satellite-based Internet provider StarBand is providing a hotspot service now, with NomadISP. The two will offer the AH-1 'Anywhere Hotspot' as a turnkey solution -- it will use the StarBand two-way satellite data service as backhaul. The two companies have service agreements already with campgrounds looking to provide Wi-Fi access to guests. They include Misty Mountain Campgrounds in Greenwood, Virginia; Pathfinder Village resort in Hinckley, Minn.; and the HI Valley RV Park in Boise, Idaho. Cost for the hardware is $1,795 to $1,995 and the monthly charge to the venue is $149.99. They don't say what the cost is to end-users (it's probably up to the venue) but claim that as few as five users per day can cover the monthly charge. -- April 26, 2004

  • Don't expect the Wendy's (Quote, Chart) fast food chain to join McDonald's in offering Wi-Fi to patrons. In an article at CBS Marketwatch, the CEO said of the wireless trend: "I don't see that as a 'big idea.' At lunchtime, the idea is table turns and you don't want people staying at their tables surfing." -- April 26, 2004

  • ICOA's (Quote, Chart) Airport Network Solutions is working with Vivato to install wireless at the Spokane International Airport in the state of Washington. Vivato's hardware is also being used to power a hotzone in the city's downtown area. Vivato's research and development office is located in the city. -- April 26, 2004

  • The always loquacious Air-Q (Quote, Chart) announced today it has opened some new locations of its Q-Spotz hotspots: the Paradise Bakery & Cafi in Boulder, Colo., and the Market Street Coffee Company in Phoenix, Ariz. The company has hotspots in other stores in each chain. Earlier this month, Air-Q joined the Airpath Wireless roaming network, giving customers access to up to 1800 hotspots that use Airpath's platform. Q-Spotz cost $3.95 per hour, $7.95 peer day, $9.95 per week, or $29.95/$34.95 per month (depending on if you get an annual contract). -- April 26, 2004

  • If you're looking to buy Wi-Fi access on the road before you even leave the house, you can now do so for venues using, Tantus Networks, and Spot On Networks. All their pre-paid plans can be compared and purchased via They join other providers like AirRover, Trustive and FatPort on the site for comparison shopping online. -- April 26, 2004

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