TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! INSIDERS FEAR KANSAS CITY FAILS TO CONFRONT FREEBIE WIFI THREAT!!!
Whilst Kansas City touts its tech progress this week and all year round, our blog community reveals a troubling trend in local technology that insiders worried.
To wit . . .
KANSAS CITY INSIDERS WARN THAT FREE WI-FI PRESENTS A CLEAR & PRESENT DANGER THAT CITY HALL IGNORES!!!
While local media ignores the risk, our blog community notes this NYT report and seyz: "Once again, KC jumps on failing bandwagon!!"
Take a look:
Free Wi-Fi Kiosks Were to Aid New Yorkers. An Unsavory Side Has Spurred a Retreat.
Not so fun fact . . .
"Mayor Bill de Blasio’s aim of providing modern technology to the masses ran headlong into the reality of life on the city’s streets. After months of complaints from residents, businesses and other elected officials, Mr. de Blasio, a Democrat, conceded that combining unfettered internet access with free Wi-Fi was a recipe for bad behavior . . . Users were expected to make short stops at the kiosks. But the sites quickly attracted homeless people and other idle users who took full advantage of the unlimited access to the internet to turn the kiosks into al fresco living rooms, watching movies and playing music for hours."
Our blog community was the FIRST to confirm the private biz move away from free wi-fi as Starbucks quietly removed its "community tables" because of too many hobos gathering around to use the freebie tech and not buying much coffee.
Confirmation of the "community table" removal in what was formerly touted as the "fastest Starbucks in the nation" and a few short interviews with patrons and employees reveal that the change has been a welcomed improvement that has inspired a great many hobos to find another hangout . . .
Brief aside, even on a throwaway tablet, using wi-fi without at least a security pin wi-fi login is kinda crazy . . . The free wi-fi threat speaks to difficulty that security plays within the digital divide . . .
In Kansas City, Superfast Internet And A Digital Divide
Moreover, constant Kansas City tech hype is starting to look more and more like nothing more than a marketing ploy for even more taxpayer subsidy . . .
As 'Smart City' Technology Expands In Kansas City, Critics Question Who Benefits
And so . . .
Kansas City irrational exuberance over freebie wi-fi and the local tech scene has not only been scaled back amid online security threats but also confronts increasing questions about public subsidy of Internets hype while so many other civic priorities remain ignored.
You decide . . .