September 14, 2010

New York City free WiFi teaser

nydailynews.com reports that Time Warner and Cablevision are teaming up to bring "free" WiFi to 32 NYC parks. Seems funny though as so many cities around the world now offer free wireless internet in public locations (mostly parks, downtown and sightseeing areas) but NYC decided to choose commercial providers willing to invest $10 million dollars to provide 30 (!!) minutes of free WiFi per user per month. Let me just say that again.. thirty minutes per month. And if that wouldn't be enough to bring a sarcastic grin to your face.. that 30 minutes will be divided in 3 10 minute batches.

If the 10 minutes wouldn't be enough, users will be charged 99 cents per day. That's reasonable for the occasional user but calling it "free WiFi" seems to be a bit off.

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