said by NyNexit: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.
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.