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Dallas-Fort Worth Airport to Offer Free Wi-Fi

Monday, 16 Apr 2012 | 2:38 PM ET

I may love airport lounges, but my favorite amenity at any airport is free Wi-Fi. This September, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport will join the list of airports in the U.S. to offer complimentary access.

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DFW reached an agreement with AT&T to provide the service across all five terminals. While it is free, travelers will have to view a 30-second advertisement for every 40 minutes of network usage.

"The deal to provide AT&T Wi-Fi access across DFW Airport is a tremendous leap forward for our passengers in terms of speed and coverage area, and it answers one of our most frequently-requested customer enhancements," says Jeff Fegan, chief executive of DFW International Airport in a prepared statement. "We are very pleased to join with AT&T, our Dallas based neighbor, to provide world-class and complimentary Wi-Fi service for everyone who visits DFW." ]

In addition to terminal buildings, the Wi-Fi service area at the airport will include DFW's parking garages.

The airport already received top marks in a recent PCWorld Magazine ranking of the Best U.S. Airports for Tech Travelers. The addition of free Wi-Fi will likely keep DFW in the top spot for some time. New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport came in second.

PCWorld's rankings are based on a variety of sought after conveniences, such as the number of electrical outlets, USB ports, charging stations, free internet kiosks, work desks in the gate area, as well as the performance of cellular service and Wi-Fi within the terminals.

While there's no definitive listing of airport Wi-Fi availability worldwide, the folks over at Jaunted.com publish a map of airports currently offering the service for free.

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