Do you think every major city and airport should have free wifi?

Posted 06 Sep 2011 by 

Jason Hibbets (Red Hat)
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yes - both
76% (170 votes)
yes - every city
4% (8 votes)
yes - every airport
11% (24 votes)
no
9% (21 votes)
Total votes: 223

Whether you travel often or just occasionally, paying for wireless is something many of us face. Whether it's at airports or hotels, many people opt to use a free network first.

Some cities and airports are starting to provide free wireless to the public. Is this a new trend? Are the days of paying for wireless access coming to an end?

Let us know what you think.

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suehle
Open Sourcerer
I'm stunned at the percentage voting with the elitist opinion that every airport but NOT city should have free wifi. Ubiquitous access as a basic piece of infrastructure is increasingly critical to mere survival. For example, try looking for a job without the Internet or an email address. On a macro level, it's critical to staying globally competitive. Having it for free in an airport is merely a luxury.
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ben-man
Its a matter of convenience to have Wi-fi in public location. However, Internet access certainly isn't a right and someone will have to pay to provide access. Let the people in charge make the decision most suitable to their location. No mandates!
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Eduardo
In my city, there are 2 shopping centers and 1 park with free wifi. But the signal quality is horrible!
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Kevin
This poll question is pretty lame. It's not balanced at all. The question is only between airport only acess and blanket city access. It should be better refined than just that. Anyway, in the small city that I live in most restaurants/coffee shop, the library, hotels all have free wifi. That's how I think it should be. Public places that people frequent should be the only places necessary to have free wifi offered. If people want to blanket an entire city with it then there should be no complaints about tax rates rising.
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Jason Hibbets is a project manager in Corporate Marketing at Red Hat where he is the lead administrator, content curator, and community manager for Opensource.com. He has been with Red Hat since 2003 and is the author of, The foundation for an open source city. Prior roles include senior marketing specialist, Red Hat Knowledgebase maintainer, and support engineer. Follow him on Twitter: @jhibbets

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