Cities should offer free Wi-Fi

Should cities offer free Wi-Fi, asks CNET this week in an article by Matt Lake. The article summarizes the arguments put forth by opponents and supporters of municipal Wi-Fi — nothing new here for Muniwireless readers. What’s most interesting is the poll of 2620 people (as of Sunday, May 22) in which 71% said they wanted cities to offer free Should cities offer free Wi-Fi, asks CNET this week in an article by Matt Lake. The article summarizes the arguments put forth by opponents and supporters of municipal Wi-Fi — nothing new here for Muniwireless readers. What’s most interesting is the poll of 2620 people (as of Sunday, May 22) in which 71% said they wanted cities to offer free Wi-Fi.

I know that I could definitely use it here in New York where I am right now, writing this article in a greasy diner whose only redeeming feature is the Verizon access point on top of the phone box right next to the place. My friend has a Verizon Wi-Fi subscription and I am connected to her computer via an Ethernet cable.

Contrary to what most people believe, it is not that easy to find Wi-Fi – free or paid – in the area around East 12th Street and University Place (where a lot of NYU students hang out). You’d think there would be lots of Wi-Fi service here, apart from the usual secured private Wi-Fi networks in many of the apartment buildings.

So count my vote in for free Wi-Fi!

Comments

  1. wifi freak says:

    we totally need free wifi in cities!!!
    im doing this for a project; “should cities offer free wifi?”
    really helped