Whether you go to Starbucks or McDonalds, Dubai or Mount Everest, free Wifi has become expected. (Mostly) gone are the days when you have to pay to check your Facebook page. And those hotspots are only becoming more and more prevalent.
This week, New York City unveiled a plan to offer free broadband to more than 16,000 people in five housing projects located in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx. The city’s program is part of ConnectHome, an effort by the Obama administration, for 27 cities across the country to extend free access to about 275,000 households.
And it’s not just in cities. Remote areas are also offering 24/7 Internet access. This week The Washington Post reports that Mt. Fuji, the largest mountain in Japan and haven for those looking to embrace the outdoors without technology, will soon offer — you guessed it — WiFi hostpots. Yep, tourists on the photogenic trek will have 72 hours of free Internet.
So is there anywhere left to escape the tech tyranny of round-the-clock connectivity? Yes. But it will cost you. Ironic? Of course!
For $1,700 a night, you can enjoy a no-text, no-email stay at Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa in Baden-Baden, Germany. There, in its Villa Stephanie room, visitors get a tech respite with rooms clad in metal shields and a special coating that blocks wireless signals from the outside. Read more here.
Looking to go off-the-grid more affordably? In Syndey, Australia, a beach-front coffee house recently went from its free-wifi policy to only offering customers 30 minutes of free Internet time. The kicker? Business has actually improved since they’ve limited free access. Read the full article here.