Although the Federal Communications Commission
isn't exactly known
for ruling in favor
of popular consumer desire
, even we have to give a hearty round of applause to the traditionally nettlesome
agency for its edict in the WiFi battle at Boston-Logan International Airport. The Massachusetts Port Authority (better known as Massport) had ordered airlines that were providing wireless internet free of charge in their customer lounges to pull the plug in favor of fee-based services in 2005, but as we expected
, the FCC overturned the pronouncement and agreed that the agency's "OTA reception devices regulations" allowed airlines to offer WiFi gratis. In a staggeringly pro-consumer remark, the Commission's commissioner insinuated that open internet access was meant to be free and readily available to travelers "who can make productive use of their time while waiting to catch their next flight." Bravo FCC, bravo.