Gnomie Jared Nelson asks:
In a perfect world, we could have access to the Internet for free via Wi-Fi at any time, right? And, heck, as long as we’re dreaming big, maybe we could have access to the Internet for free via Wi-Fi at any time on little chips in our heads so we wouldn’t even have to lug around laptops and smartphones — just think of the possibilities! Imagine being able to access streaming music and video at any time, from stepping out of the shower in the morning, on the trek to the bus stop, on the bus ride itself, on the elevator up to the office, and so on. Of course, this might open up a whole can of unsavory worms that even the early birds couldn’t do away with, but adaptation to new technologies sometimes takes a while to work out the kinks.
Like perpetual motion machines, polite Daleks, everlasting gobstoppers, and faeries in tube socks, free Wi-Fi for everyone is possibly a dream that may never be fully realized for a number of reasons. The primary reason is that it costs someone, somewhere, money. In a world where the best things in life are free, who would pick up the cost of free Wi-Fi? This brings us into the hotly debated realms of politics and economics and maybe even religion — might an ever-loving God provide free Wi-Fi to His or Her faithful? If the government were to provide free Wi-Fi, then taxpayer dollars would be undoubtedly be involved. If free Wi-Fi were provided to everyone, companies that charge for the service would go under, and jobs would be lost. Then again, perhaps more people could become self-employed in their own diverse Internet cottage industries as a result if Wi-Fi could be made as available — and as free — as television signals and radio waves.
What does Chris Pirillo think? Should Wi-Fi be free in all public places?
Now what do you think? Should Wi-Fi be free in all public places? Let us know in the comments, or drop by our Google+ conversation and give us a piece of your mind!