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Earthlink Pulls Free Citywide WiFi From Philadelphia

If Your City Got Free WiFi, Would You Stop Getting Your Own?

As the news rolls in that Earthlink is pulling its citywide WiFi coverage from Philadelphia, any geeky San Franciscan is probably thinking about how close we came to having public WiFi blanket cover our fair city too (please say it's not over till it's over, Gav).

Bittersweetness aside, I've thought of how it would realistically affect me - and I'm pretty sure that it would be absolutely amazing in terms of taking my laptop anywhere to work and play - any coffee shop, getting a pedi, any park. But here's the rub: No way would I stop paying for DSL at home.

San Francisco's offer from Google would have meant a connection speed of 300k, and when my DSL is five times faster than that, I just can't swap. Which is a shame, because I would love for free public WiFi to mean a bill I could get rid of. But what about you? If your city got free public WiFi, would you get rid of yours at home?


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jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 9 years
I might depending on speed connection
jennacyde jennacyde 9 years
Nope- I do stuff at on my home network that I won't do on public networks.
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 9 years
i'm ultra concerned about the security of such networks so i'm going to always have my own connection for conducting "business" online.
LOVErickii LOVErickii 9 years
hahhaa i completely agree marisol79!
MissMarisol MissMarisol 9 years
I feel the need...the need for speed. LOL
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Most likely, then again if it were SUPER slow I might have to rethink it.
elizabethsosewn elizabethsosewn 9 years
there are way too many people in the silicon valley for me to share wifi with anyways. The stuff at my college is slow enough as it is. and gets crap reception.
duck-duck-goose duck-duck-goose 9 years
Mr. Goose is a professional computer Geek, so he must have speedy internet access at his fingertips at all times. Because he telecommutes for a portion of his work hours, he must be able to VPN into the network on a reliable connection. Futhermore, computer technology (and all things related to it) provokes his passion. He is a true Geek's geek; he's in it for the art (and heart) of it -- not merely to score a paycheck. So, yeah, we'd keep our home connection, because I love the Goose and it excites me when he is so actively engaged in progressive technology. I revel in his joyful pursuit of Geek Nirvana. It makes me happy to see him so happy. (Plus I'm impatient with slow connections, and I'm always plugged-in.)
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
I don't know. I doubt the coverage would be very good. It would be so nice to not have to pay for the internet every month. In Auckland, where I lived last year, internet was about $70 a month for a not very fast connection and a very limited amount that you could use a month, so half way through the month i'd be switched to dial-up...which was okay, i guess. i mean, it just meant that i spent longer online waiting for sites to load, rather than not using it as much. I wish they'd have free wi-fi in more cities as i think access to information should be something for everyone. I am considering moving to an apartment (not a dorm) on campus in september and might just use the free wi-fi available on campus if i do...although i'd not be able to download much. that would really suck. :(
Cris1192 Cris1192 9 years
I would so ditch my current service
Baby-Girl Baby-Girl 9 years
I live in Philadelphia and we have free WiFi, but it does not reach my house. If I walk about 50ft to the corner I'm good. I just use on my mobile when I'm out.
macgirl macgirl 9 years
I don't think it's the cost as much as the security that would bother me. I don't want to be on the same network with people doing who knows what. I like it nice and safe behind my closed (meaning not visible to people sniffing for wifi networks) and seriously secured and password protected network.
deanna024 deanna024 9 years
Some times, I can barely get my wi-fi to work right at home. If I have problems with a network of one computer in a 2-bedroom apartment, God help a city to keep reliable coverage for thousands of users over thousands of square miles.
thatsjoanna thatsjoanna 9 years
It depends on my money situation at the time...but for right now I am at work on a computer from 9 to I don't really need to use the internet at home.
SillyGirl SillyGirl 9 years
There is free google wifi down in Silicon Valley, and lets just say I would rather use the slow edge connection on my iphone.
dzmartini dzmartini 9 years
My university offers free WiFi and it isnt the greatest but its still pretty good. If you can handle the connection randomly going out (which even the one I pay for at home does) then it is worth it. Why waste money on your own if its floating around for free :)
Anabellatc Anabellatc 9 years
If it's not too slow, i would def stop paying for internet! Anyways i work behind a computer all day and when i get home, the last thing i want to do is go online. So i would use the free Wi-Fi for the few instances that i do go online :)
kizzmeistah kizzmeistah 9 years
Free Wi-Fi? I am so there! :)
stephsharer stephsharer 9 years
it depends...would xbox live still work? i need my multiplayer halo 3.
catchawhale catchawhale 9 years
Well, since right now I'm using a neighbors WiFi it wouldn't be much different. I do feel bad about it but it's their fault that they aren't password protected ...
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
If it was super slow, I would keep my current provider. But if I could deal, I would loose the internet I paid for :)
ALSW ALSW 9 years
I might. It really depends on the speed. If it's too slow, I need my fast internet too!
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 9 years
My city already has free Wifi. 2 hours a day free. You can also pay really low fee for unlimited service. If it reached my house I would 100% do it. the only draw back is this guy who lives in my house with me (some fiance or something). His job insists he has a vpn in order to work from home so its a no go, but I would still do it.
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