I just read Shawn's last blog post about hotels that offer free Wi-Fi internet service with interest. I agree, and have found that it is typically the higher-end hotels that charge for it, with the more accomodating lower-end ones willing to open up their networks. I do appreciate those smaller hotels that offer free Internet, although my preference for most other aspects of a hotel stay (e.g., "clean" sheets) trend towards the same ones that charge you (lots) for Internet + Long Distance.
Yet clearly, we have become dependent on connectivity, especially when you must be in contact with your staff/customers/partners. My dilemma was compounded by my compulsion for early airport arrival for business travel, which resulted in hours sitting around the airport unconnected unless I was willing to pop for the Wi-Fi fee.
So I bit the bullet and signed up for wireless broadband service. On the one hand, there is a monthly cost, but on the other, I rarely worry about being out of touch. Hoepfully, by the time my service contract runs out in 2 years, some beneficient organization (Google?) will have installed free Wi-Fi in the major cities. One can only hope...
Posted October 31, 2005 11:56 AM
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