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The myth of free wi-fi

pierre_pierre
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The myth of free wi-fi

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-14835059
A council leader in Swindon has come under pressure after the town failed in efforts to offer free public wi-fi. So why doesn't the UK have more free wireless internet?
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Re: The myth of free wi-fi

I wondered this as well. I was in a JDW pub last week (It was my birthday  Wink) and tried their "FREE wifi" which came up with a LOG IN screen and asked for ££££'s  Cry
I contacted them and they said you need to click on the help and choose Free JDW, not easy on a phone  Sad Not exactly what it says on the tin is it?
Same with free public internet access via library's, last time I tried using it in Yorkshire I was told there was a CHARGE since I was not a resident of NY's  Lips are sealed
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Re: The myth of free wi-fi

JDW has always been free for me on the cloud if I remember right Smiley
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Re: The myth of free wi-fi

Wyevale garden centre`s have FREE wifi... you just pick up leaflet, and it tells you how to logon !..
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ah but do Wyevale have real ale or steak night  Roll eyes
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Rushbrooke Arms ? Sad
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Re: The myth of free wi-fi

correct, Why

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the address was "brookarmsicklemere" and i thought it had been redirected  Smiley
being a Yorkshireman "owt fro nowt" is my motto but even for me that is too far to travel  Grin
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Re: The myth of free wi-fi

that is the way the forums displays long URL's
ww.pub-explorer.com/suffolk/pub/rushbrookearmssicklesmere.htm
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Re: The myth of free wi-fi

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So why doesn't the UK have more free wireless internet?

Why do you think? - If it can be metered, measured, timed or quantified in any other way it suddenly has value. Value = profit.
Thats why this is now the United Krumble - everything is about having every last penny out of someone else.
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Re: The myth of free wi-fi

Not so long ago I was working in Costa Rica, one of the small towns I was based in had free WiFi supplied by the council, paid for out of local taxes, there wasn't an empty office, shop, workshop or house.
Certainly turned around the economy.
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Re: The myth of free wi-fi

Think a lot of the free hotspots have closed owing to concerns of the hotspot-owner getting an unexpected visit from the Spanish Inquisition in respect of  illegal use by the proverbial guy in a dirty grey raincoat loitering outside. Seem to remember one such raid took place, and in that instance the connection wasn't even intentionally free, the owner didn't know how to encrypt it.  Embarrassed
OK, the word 'unexpected' is superfluous. We all know that nobody expects...
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OK, the word 'unexpected' is superfluous. We all know that nobody expects...

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If it can be metered, measured, timed or quantified in any other way it suddenly has value. Value = profit.
Thats why this is now the United Krumble - everything is about having every last penny out of someone else.

Which is fine so long as the someone else isn't the taxpayer. The real problem in the UK is that everybody wants something for nothing.