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Is Free Wi-Fi In Public Areas Possible?

There have been some initiatives made in recent times to try and get free Wi-Fi for municipal public areas. In our modern tech world this seems more than feasible but the execution has been a more of a troublesome and daunting task.

The problem is twofold. One lies within how much Wi-Fi would be required to satisfy a public area and how to get solid connection to the public without disrupting private customers’ connectivity.

Throughout the years the percentage of data an average person uses has risen to nearly 80% and its annually growing. With rapidly growing usage the idea of Wi-Fi becoming a public commodity seems a bit farfetched.

Recent attempted solutions have been suggested but none cover all varying questions such as how much data an average person will use, where the Wi-Fi signal will be received from, and how the Wi-Fi access will be managed.

The strategy to build connected cities came about with the notion that public municipal areas would access Wi-Fi from surrounding homes however this creates great tension with the customers paying for an at home Wi-Fi network and the network being used by outsiders as they would obviously be charging one user but not the other. This is sure to cause much criticism to the network.

Other than that obvious reason the Wi-Fi signals would become very weak for both users regardless of payment. Bandwidth can only obtain a certain amount before it cuts out or delays. The more devices on one home network the slower the connectivity especially for those outside blocked by walls and distance.

What is also being neglected is that a fixed solution to a dynamic problem will fail. Limiting the number of clients, or the amount of bandwidth they can access, is all well and good, but it doesn’t take account of important factors such as the Wi-Fi usage patterns of the homeowner at any point in time. The rigidity of these solutions means they fail to take advantage of the fact that there are times in the day when the home network could easily make more of its airtime available to roaming users, or, in contrast, times when public usage is not particularly intense.

How could Wi-Fi become a free commodity may not be answered yet but it certainly should not take the route of disturbing paid customers’ services. The glitches of free Wi-Fi for the public may still need a few new tweaks before it becomes a reali

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