New York City has teamed up with AT&T to provide free public WiFi in many of the city parks. Park-goers will be able to enjoy the outdoors and relax at the park while connected to the internet. I think this is a huge benefit to the residents and visitors of New York City. As a visitor to the city, I would love to be able to find a park, sit down, rest my feet for a while, pull out my iPad, search for a great nearby restaurant and make reservations right there on the spot all while using the free public WiFi.
As cities and towns are competing for tourists (and tourism dollars), implementing free public internet in certain places may make that city more visitor-friendly and more appealing. In addition, it would be appreciated by city residents and locals. They could be more inclined to get out of their homes, which would encourage buying behavior by shopping and eating out. From an economic standpoint, I think it makes good sense make “hot spots” available.
Does your city or town offer free internet in certain locations? If not, do you think it would benefit your area to offer free public WiFi? Have you thought about creating a proposal for implementation?
Here’s the article about NYC: New York City, AT&T Bringing Free Wi-Fi to Public ParksLearn more about this topic at scansource.com >