Wi-Fi Wants To Be Free
Starbucks is smart to stop charging for Internet access. Fancy hotels should follow suit.
And when it does, the hotels will really feel the pinch. Why buy Wi-Fi in your room when you can get it with your latte in the morning? Or, heck, skip the latte. The Internet is free.
Correction, June 15, 2010: This article originally stated that McDonald's began offering Wi-Fi last year. The company announced its plan last year but did not begin service until mid-January. (Return to the corrected sentence.)
Farhad Manjoo is Slate's technology columnist and the author of True Enough: Learning To Live in a Post-Fact Society. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter.
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