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Poll: Who 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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Who do you think should pay for free wifi?

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.



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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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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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 FON

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Andy over at GovLoop pointed out that some of the results from the above poll and our poll on having free wifi in every major city or airport, have made it into a more detailed article:

What If Government Gave Everyone Free Wi-Fi?

It's a very interesting read.

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Jason Hibbets

Jason Hibbets is a senior community evangelist in Corporate Marketing at Red Hat where he is a 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, project manager, Red Hat Knowledgebase maintainer, and support engineer. Follow him on Twitter: @jhibbets