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Monday, May 30, 2005

Why Not Wi-fi?

Bill Simmon from Candleblog raised this question yesterday, and I want to draw attention to his post about Burlington's conspicuous and bothersome lack of wi-fi access. He writes:

In Burlington, the owners of the excellent cafe Muddy Waters have made a conscious decision to not offer wireless internet to their customers — free or otherwise. When I asked Carrie, one of the owners, about this decision, she said that they wanted to foster a more interpersonal environment and not have people sitting at tables in the cafe with their noses stuck in computers all day. This response confused me. If interpersonal interaction is the goal, then why line the walls of the cafe with bookshelves full of books? Why discriminate between digital and analog antisocial behaviors?

I got a similar response when I asked about Muddy's lack of wi-fi last August. Read more and comment, both on the blog, and to our esteemed local cafe owners.

FYI, you can find free wi-fi at Radio Bean and at Speeder and Earl's on Pine Street. Also at Bruegger's on Church St.

May 30, 2005 at 11:00 AM in Wi-fi/Broadband in VT | Permalink


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Montpelier's got free wi-fi...for a day, anyway. Kellogg Hubbard Library is offering a Free Wi-fi Day (you can also get free access at Capitol Grounds):

Bag Lunch Program - FREE WiFi DAY
Wednesday, June 1, 2005 –10am -4:30pm
FREE WiFi DAY with MontpelierNet. Org.– Introductory demonstrations 11am-12:30pm and 3:30pm-4:30pm – Free access from 10am until 4:30pm

Posted by: cresmer | May 30, 2005 4:05:18 PM

Off Topic:

Cathy, good to see this blog! I've been thinking recently about how 7D would be perfect for a citizen journalism experiment, ala OhMyNews, writ small -- I mentioned it to Freyne and Paula, but you are really the person to scheme with. But hadn't checked out the blog until today. What do you think? I've just moved back up from Montpelier/Elsewhere, and hang out at Muddy Waters when I can grab a signal there -- see you around? What do others think? (If anyone else is around on Mem Day -- I tried Tunbridge for the festivities, which was beautiful, then stormed on, then beautiful again, then stormed on again while the brave South Royalton band played on -- and great deals on books.)


Posted by: zephyr | May 30, 2005 4:59:42 PM

Well hello, Zephyr. I'm always up for scheming! But in the meantime, you should check out iBrat, iPutney, and iBurlington, all of which are linked in the VT blogs sidebar. They're all doing citizen journalism, and having varying degrees of success. Dan Gillmor, citizen journo advocate, has said some nice things about iBrat, which is a fairly lively site. Even the folks at the Brattleboro Reformer are impressed.

Posted by: cresmer | May 31, 2005 6:57:44 AM

healthy living has free wi-fi all the time.

Posted by: katy lesser | Jun 11, 2005 6:05:00 PM

healthy living has free wi-fi all the time.

Posted by: katy lesser | Jun 11, 2005 6:05:45 PM

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