said by NyNexit:
Why do so many people insist on everything being free on the internet? If you don't want to pay ONE DOLLAR, then conduct your internet related business at home before you leave for the park. DONE, end of story.
Nothing is free, and it shouldn't be. If the cable companies are willing to light up 32 parks, they should at-least recoup their equipment,labor and up-keep investment.
If you don't want to pay a dollar to surf the web in the park on a nice day, then pay $4 for a latte, sit at a tiny wobbly table and get online that way, or go to the library. Better yet get a JOB.
The funny thing is, I'll bet the same people who complain about paying a dollar for Wi-Fi, are the same people with overpriced phones and data plans.
-Sorry had to get that out.
My point earlier wasn't about getting something for free.. it's about the exchange of goods and services in kind. Cablevision and Time Warner haver a LOCK on lots of NON-FIOS deployed regions of NYC for 10 YEARS in exchange for what amounts to chicken feed... no doubt NYC gets to charge some money too as part of the cable-tv bill per "HEAD" in addition, but could have gotten unlimited used in the parks instead of limited usage. Deals of these kinds are called CROSS SUBSIDY whereby neither party has to spend oodles of money to promote one another. The upkeep of WIFI cable-modem hotspots isn't really that expensive once the initial investments are in place. It's usually a bank of about 4-20 wifi endabled cablemodems on 4-10 channels depending upon geogrpahy covered. Nevertheless the wifi deployed is the CHEAPER "G" variety as well so costs are coming down between $20 - $40 per cablemodem/wifi-g combo unit compared with $60 - $300 upto 5 years ago in volumes.
If we look around.. Verizon isn't exactly falling all over themsleves to DOLE-OUT free wifi across NYC any time soon to cannibalize the nascent WIRELESS BROADBAND they charge for.
The notion of giving anything away for free anymore means it must not be good or has this conservative leaning negative connotation of socialism attached to it. Let's face it, Bloomberg woudln't allow that kind of socialism to rear it's head in NYC any time soon-- there always had to be a catch.
We're entering a new cycle in which the big chill in the political climate moves on to invade/infect the ECONOMIC CLIMATE. Started about 2007ish and gearing up for a "Heck of a 2011"