Document and Entity Information Series A-2 convertible preferred stock Outstanding nonredeemable series A-2 preferred stock or outstanding series A-2 preferred stock. Classified within stockholders' equity if nonredeemable or redeemable solely at the option of the issuer. Classified within temporary equity if redemption is outside the control of the issuer. Series A2 Convertible Preferred Stock [Member] Stock Issued During Period Value Exercise and Conversion of Preferred Stock Warrants Issuance of common stock upon exercise and conversion of preferred stock warrants Value of the common stock issued during the period as a result of exercise and conversion of the preferred stock warrants. Stock Issued During Period Shares Exercise and Conversion of Preferred Stock Warrants Issuance of common stock upon exercise and conversion of preferred stock warrants (in shares) Number of common stocks issued upon the exercise and conversion of the preferred stock warrants during the current period. Stock Issued During Period Value Exercise of Common Stock Warrants. Issuance of common stock upon exercise of common stock warrants Value of the common stock issued during the period as a result of the exercise of common stock warrants. Stock Issued During Period Share Exercise of Common Stock Warrants Issuance of common stock upon exercise of common stock warrants (in shares) Value of the common stock issued during the period as a result of the exercise of common stock warrants. Interest accrued on note receivable from stockholder Represents the amount of interest accrued on note receivable from stockholders during the reporting period. Interest Accrued on Note Receivable from Stockholder Interest on note receivable from stockholder Forgiveness of Notes Receivable from Stockholder Represents the amount of note receivable from stockholders that has been forgiven by the entity during the reporting period. Forgiveness of note receivable from stockholder Forgiveness of note receivable from stockholder Note Receivable from Stockholder Represents details related to note receivable from stockholders by the entity. Note Receivable from Stockholder [Member] Forgiveness on Note Receivable from Stockholder Cash Flow Impact Forgiveness of note receivable from stockholder Represent the amount of note receivable from stockholders that have been forgiven by the entity during the reporting period. As non-cash item, it is added to net income when calculating cash provided by or used in operations using the indirect method. Amendment Description Change in Fair Value of Preferred Stock Warrants Change in fair value of preferred stock warrants This element represents the change in fair value of preferred stock warrants during the reporting period. Amendment Flag Unbilled Receivables Escalation of monthly access fees for the entity's network not billed at the end of the reporting period. Unbilled receivables Unbilled receivables Interest Accrued on Note Receivable from Stockholder Cash Flow Impact Represents the amount of interest accrued on note receivable from stockholders in operating activities during the reporting period. Interest on note receivable from stockholder The cash inflow associated with the amount received from holders exercising their stock options and stock warrants. This item inherently excludes any excess tax benefit, which the entity may have realized and reported separately. Proceeds from Exercise of Stock Options and Common Stock Warrants Proceeds from exercise of stock options and common stock warrants Noncash Stock Issuance Cost Offering costs in accounts payable, accrued expenses and other liabilities The cost incurred directly with the issuance of an equity security which is not paid by the entity and held in liabilities. Exercise and Conversion of Preferred Stock Warrants into Common Stock Exercise and conversion of preferred stock warrants into common stock The value of the common stock [noncash or part noncash] in the exercise and conversion of preferred stock warrants into common stock. This element represents service usage credits issued in connection with acquired assets during the reporting period. Noncash or Part Noncash Acquisition, Noncash Service Usage Credits, Issued in Connection with Acquired Assets Service usage credits issued in connection with acquired assets Noncash or Part Noncash Acquisition, Noncash Acquisition, of Software Maintenance Services Under Capital Lease Acquisition of software maintenance services under capital lease This element represents acquisition of software maintenance services under capital lease during the reporting period. Retirement of treasury stock Non cash amount of Treasury stock retired. Treasury Stock Amount Retired Non Cash Offering Costs Related to Stock Options Issued to Non Employee Consultant Offering costs related to stock options issued to non-employee consultant The cost incurred directly with the issuance of stock options to non-employee consultant in non-cash investing and financing transactions. Unpaid Incurred Business Acquisition Contractual Obligations Future cash outflows to pay for liability related to revenue sharing arrangement with previous owners of acquired business entities incurred but unpaid at the end of the reporting period. Contractual payments related to business acquisition in accrued expenses and other liabilities Accrued Partner Network Current Carrying amount, as of the balance sheet date, of accrued partner network expenses, which are due within one year. Accrued partner network Deferred Service Usage Credits Current Carrying amount, as of the balance sheet date, of deferred service usage credits, which are due within one year. Deferred service usage credits Amounts Due to Non Controlling Interests Current Carrying amount, as of the balance sheet date, of amounts due to non-controlling interests. Used to reflect the current portion of the liabilities (due within one year or within the normal operating cycle if longer). Amounts due to non-controlling interests Preferred and common stock warrants Preferred and common stock warrants Preferred and Common Stock Warrants Disclosure [Text Block] Represents details related to preferred and common stock warrants in one text block. Common stock warrants Current Fiscal Year End Date Common Stock Warrants Disclosure [Text Block] Common stock warrants Represents the details related to preferred and common stock warrants in one text block. Chicago Concourse Development Group LLC [Member] Details pertaining to Chicago Concourse Development Group, LLC. Chicago Concourse Development Group, LLC Concourse Communications Detroit LLC [Member] Details pertaining to Concourse Communications Detroit, LLC. Concourse Communications Detroit, LLC Wholesale Partner Arrangement [Member] Details pertaining to wholesale partner arrangements. Wholesale partner arrangement Error Corrections and Prior Period Adjustment Restatement [Policy Text Block] Disclosure of accounting policy for prior period adjustments to correct an error in previously issued financial statements. This policy discloses the amounts as previously reported and the effect of the correction or other adjustment on a per line item or per share amount basis. Revision of prior period financial statements Platform Service Arrangements [Member] Details pertaining to platform service arrangements. 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Schedule of revised unaudited condensed consolidated statements of operations amounts Period for which sales are withheld for future refunds, prior contract terms Represents the period of time from the month of activity for which revenue used to be withheld for future refunds. Sales Formerly Withheld for Future Refunds Period Document Period End Date Revenue Recognition Period Term of the arrangement used to determine revenue recognition Represents the term of the arrangement that is used as a basis for recognizing certain revenues. 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Incremental Common Shares Attributable to Preferred Stock Warrants Effect of dilutive preferred stock warrants (in shares) Additional shares included in the calculation of diluted EPS as a result of the potentially dilutive effect of preferred stock warrants using the treasury stock method. Common Stock Warrant [Member] Warrants to purchase common stock Security that gives the holder the right to purchase shares of common stock in accordance with the terms of the instrument, usually upon payment of a specified amount. Preferred Stock Warrant [Member] Warrants to purchase preferred stock Security that gives the holder the right to purchase shares of preferred stock in accordance with the terms of the instrument, usually upon payment of a specified amount. Under the fixed increase alternative, represents the potential annual increase in shares of common stock reserved for issuance as share-based compensation. Share Based Compensation Arrangement by Share Based Payment Award Additional Shares that may be Authorized Annually Annual fixed increase alternative, increase in shares of common stock reserved for issuance (in shares) Revenue Share Revenue share Carrying amount, as of the balance sheet date, of the obligations incurred through revenue sharing arrangements, which are due within one year. Windfall tax benefits from stock option exercises Windfall tax benefits recognized from the exercise of stock options resulting in a reduction of the entity's income tax payable, with a corresponding increase in additional paid-in capital. Windfall Tax Benefits from Stock Option Exercises Cloudnine Media [Member] Cloud Nine Media Represents information pertaining to Cloud Nine Media, which provides Wi-Fi sponsorship and location-based advertising services. Number of Locations Total number of airports, hotels, bars and restaurants, and assets of recreational areas in the U.S. and Canada in which services are provided Represents the total number of serviced locations (consisting of airports, hotels, bars, restaurants and recreational areas) in two countries. Cloud 9 Wireless Inc [Member] Cloud 9 Wireless, Inc. Represents information pertaining to Cloud 9 Wireless Inc., which provides Wi-Fi sponsorship and location-based advertising services. Business Acquisition Purchase Price Allocation Amortizable Intangible Assets and Other Noncurrent Assets Intangible assets The amount of acquisition cost of a business combination allocated to an identifiable intangible asset that will be amortized. Also includes amount of acquisition cost of a business combination allocated to other noncurrent assets not separately disclosed. Acquired Finite Lived Intangible Assets [Abstract] Summary of fair values allocated to the intangible assets Business Acquisition Additional Disclosure [Abstract] Acquisitions, additional disclosure Contingent Consideration Arrangement [Member] Represents information pertaining to a contingent consideration arrangement. Contingent consideration arrangement Business Acquisition Purchase Price Allocation Current Assets Net of Cash Acquired Current assets The amount of acquisition cost of a business combination allocated to current assets, net of cash acquired. Increase (Decrease) in Allocated Share Based Compensation Expense Decrease in stock-based compensation expense Represents the amount of increase or decrease during the period in the expense recognized arising from equity-based compensation arrangements (for example, shares of stock, unit, stock options or other equity instruments) with employees, directors and certain consultants qualifying for treatment as employees. Reversal of Stock Based Compensation Expense for Nonvested Options Reversal of stock-based compensation expense for unvested options Represents the amount of reversal of stock-based compensation expense for nonvested options during the period. Number of Senior Executives Left for which Stock Based Compensation Expense Reversed Number of senior executives left, for which stock-based compensation expense reversed Represents the number of senior executives left and for which stock-based compensation expense reversed during the period. 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