Google offers free Wi-Fi in airports for the holidays

Google loves us all so much, it's decided to give us an early Christmas present. The company lives by its "don't be evil" motto, setting up free Wi-Fi in 47 airports across the US, starting now and cranking out the free connectivity until January 15.

What's the catch? Google will tout its excellent Chrome browser to you, and try to get you to make the Google search engine your browser's homepage. It'll also give you the option to make a donation to Engineers Without Borders, the One Economy Corporation or the Climate Savers Computing Initiative. Worthy causes indeed. These pitches are a small price to pay, and maybe something you'd like to do anyway.

What do the other wireless companies think of this — those who regularly sell their services at airports for 7 to 12 bucks a pop? Well, one of the major players, Boingo Wireless, is working with Google on the project. Thanks, Google. We'll use this. Not to be greedy, but why don't you go ahead and keep this going year round? After the jump, a list of the 47 airports where you can pick up the free service:

Airports for Google-Sponsored Free Wi-Fi:

• Austin (AUS)
• Baltimore (BWI)
• Billings (BIL)
• Boston (BOS)
• Bozeman (BZN)
• Buffalo (BUF)
• Burbank (BUR)
• Central Wisconsin (CWA)
• Charlotte (CLT)
• Des Moines (DSM)
• El Paso (ELP)
• Fort Lauderdale (FLL)
• Fort Myers/SW (RSW)
• Greensboro/High Point/Winston-Salem (GSO)
• Houston (HOU)
• Houston Bush (IAH)
• Indianapolis (IND)
• Jacksonville (JIA)
• Kalamazoo (AZO)
• Las Vegas (LAS)
• Louisville (SDF)
• Madison (MSN)
• Memphis (MEM)
• Miami (MIA)
• Milwaukee (MKE)
• Monterey (MRY)
• Nashville (BNA)
• Newport News (PHF)
• Norfolk (ORF)
• Oklahoma City (OKC)
• Omaha (OMA)
• Orlando (MCO)
• Panama City (PFN)
• Pittsburgh (PIT)
• Portland (PWM)
• Sacramento (SMF)
• San Antonio (SAT)
• San Diego (SAN)
• San Jose (SJC)
• Seattle (SEA)
• South Bend (SBN)
• Spokane (GEG)
• St. Louis (STL)
• State College (SCE)
• Toledo (TOL)
• Traverse City (TVC)

Google, via Ubergizmo