Too Much Free Wi-Fi

By Deane Barker on July 19, 2003 – As wireless hot spots proliferate, commercial windfall in doubt: Turns out there are too many free Wi-Fi spots for anyone to make any money off it.

“Then there are colleges, geeks and city officials who are making Wi-Fi as free as the foliage in public plazas. And now you can use Wi-Fi gratis in New York if you’re a Verizon Internet subscriber or eating an Extra Value Meal at some McDonald’s restaurants. Add it all up, and there’s a significant number of places where people with a properly outfitted laptop or handheld computer can get wireless Internet access without reaching for a credit card.”