BURBANK — Bob Hope Airport, hoping to better suit the needs of modern travelers, is considering offering free high-speed Internet. But the plan could be derailed by a struggling economy and sagging passenger figures.
At the Oct. 6 Burbank-Glendale- Pasadena Airport Authority meeting, Commissioner Carl Povilaitis asked staff members to research the viability of providing free Internet throughout the airport, including the legal ramifications of terminating contracts with the three current providers.
The airport hosts three Internet providers at the airport — AT&T, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless — each of which pays a $31,620 annual fee to the authority. Customers at the airport can subscribe to a respective network via existing cell towers atop a terminal building, airport spokesman Victor Gill said.