Benjamin Strong replied to the topic Should Wifi Be Free Everywhere (and Should Government Pay For It?) in the forum Miscellaneous 8 years ago
There are two questions here.
1. Should wifi be everywhere (and free)?
Yes, wifi should be like air and it shouldn’t cost the consumer anything to use it. There should be limits put on it, perhaps throttling if users start to download movies or access torrent sites. But basic wireless internet access should be free in public places.
2. Should government pay for it?
No, it should be paid for by other groups. Perhaps business districts (like the Downtown Alliance in Manhattan) could pay for it. Search data and other information could be mined, and users could be fed advertising tailored to their use. This gives business some return on investment. Location based features could also help drive wifi users to various businesses.
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