Wi-Fi is the name of a popular wireless networking technology that uses radio waves to provide wireless high-speed Internet and network connections. — webopedia
Pretty cool. And readily and cheaply available at your home, your local coffee house, the library, and Internet cafes worldwide. So, why in the name of the Wi-Fi Alliance are hotels and airports the last to get with the program?
First — Free Wi-Fi should be mandatory in all airports. Airports bleed enough money from the concessions and various taxes and fees charged that they should be able to cover the cost of installing truly accessible Wi-Fi function for their clientele.
This might not have been as critical in the past, but in these days of mobile phones, the few remaining airport public pay phones are inconveniently located and/or broken. Which means that if you land in a foreign country, you have no way to contact friends or business associates (who may be meeting you). Because even if your phone is unlocked, there is no convenient way to replace the chip immediately after landing.
|Hyatt Regency, Hong Kong|
Be prepared to open a vein for Wi-Fi access at
this and many other hotel chains.
As airports are an integral part of the transportation infrastructure, states and municipalities should mandate easy access in these facilities. You may disagree in principle (blah, blah, blah, Big Brother, blah, blah), but tell me how it works for you the next time you miss meeting your pickup ride and have no way to contact them. End of story.
|Best Western, Worldwide|
Wi-Fi is always free at this budget chain.
|Community Hostel, Quito|
Wi-Fi here is awesome — and free!
This public relations problem is not going to go away. In fact, as people add more and more electronic devices to their travel necessities, it only will get worse. Additionally, Generation X and the Millennials believe good Internet connections are their divine right. Hotels need to get with the program or risk losing market share as these are the travelers already in or entering into their peak earning years.
End of rant.