Who do you think should pay for free wifi?

Posted 27 Sep 2011 by 

Jason Hibbets (Red Hat)
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Poll: Who should pay for free wifi?
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Local municipalities
28% (35 votes)
Federal governments
21% (26 votes)
Corporate sponsors
25% (31 votes)
Individual users
23% (29 votes)
Someone else (explain in comments)
4% (5 votes)
Total votes: 126

In a previous poll, we asked if you thought every major city or airport should have free wifi.

The results are mixed, but in favor of some

coverage with free wifi. That means now we're interested in who you think should pay for free wifi.

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4 Comments

Jacques
Local business in the range where the wifi is available could fund the wifi with advertising. When opening a browser for the first time it redirects to a page with advertisements from local businesses. These ads will be very well targeted (geographically) and the cost of the wifi would be much cheaper than other types of advertisement, television ads for example.
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Kevin
If a local business offers free wifi at their establishment, then it should be that business that pays for it through the increase patronage generated by the incentive of free wifi. If a library offers free wifi then it depends on where the funding for the library comes from. Some libraries are publically funded and others are privately held or another non-profit entity. The dumb part of this question is if individual users pay for the wifi access then it's not free then is it?
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giulivo
Open Enthusiast
I would pay the individual users. That would give people more control and choice leaving to them a chance to choose how to get "connected". Give a look at <a href="http://www.fon.com">FON</a>
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jhibbets
Open Sourcerer
Andy over at <a href="http://govloop.com">GovLoop</a> pointed out that some of the results from the above poll and our poll on having <a href="http://opensource.com/life/11/9/poll-should-every-city-airport-have-free-wifi">free wifi in every major city or airport</a>, have made it into a more detailed article: <a href="http://gov.aol.com/2011/10/20/what-if-government-gave-everyone-free-wi-fi/">What If Government Gave Everyone Free Wi-Fi?</a> It's a very interesting read. Jason
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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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