Does the cost of high speed internet in your neighborhood have you down? Not happy with the service from the provider that you currently have? With some creative thinking, there are some great sources of high speed internet available to you for free…you just have to look for them. Sure, there is always Starbucks or Coffee Bean, but you have to pay for day passes there, and what fun is that? Here are some good places to get started:
Try your local library. Most modern libraries nowadays have free internet available, and no one is going to kick you out for hanging out there all day. My library here not only has free access, but they also have an outdoor courtyard you can sit in and they have a coffee bar. Not a bad place to spend the day working or just poking around the internet.
I found this one to be strange as well, but our city buses have high speed internet available to riders. I guess if you don’t get car sick and you have a long commute, this could be worthwhile. I just would not want to have to ride a bus all day just to use the internet.
Here by the beach, they have installed wireless internet at all the parks in town. That means scores of people that are normally stuck inside working all day can now be sitting in a lawn chair staring at the ocean, which makes for a much nicer office. I have not tried this one yet, but with summer rapidly approaching, it might be an option. Check with your parks department to see if you might have it available where you live.
Although the big chain coffee places normally charge you for access, most independent coffee shops have decided that it is a worthwhile investment to provide access for free to their customers. Most of them around me have free service, plus the atmosphere is much nicer than the big chains.
If you happen to live near a college or university, I can almost guarantee that they have free wi-fi for the students in places like the quads and/or library. Just head on over, look like you know what you are doing, and get free use of the internet all day. No one is going to question you…after all, you could be a student.
Lastly, although I do not recommend it (as I think it is illegal, but I am not 100% sure), you can use your neighbors wireless router for service. Fortunately for you (but unfortunate for them), most people do not encrypt their signal and they do not monitor the range that it is kicking out, so it is quite possible that your neighbor next door or across the street has a very strong signal available for you. Again, I do not recommend this one, as I would not want to get you in trouble, but if you NEED the internet for something and yours is not working, it can be a means to an end.
I am sure there are tons more places to get free wireless internet service, but that is just a few to get you started. Since the city that I live in is putting service almost everywhere, it is really opening up new opportunities for people that work off site and not in an office. We can work in the park, at the beach, at the library, or a ton of other places, and they are all free. Of course, you will need a laptop and a wireless card, but if you look around, you will find that you COULD, if you had to, do without service at home if you needed to save some money. If you know of other places that have service that I did not think of, would love to hear about them!