Firstly, Ill answer your questions, and in the process will make it clear how wi-fi is unsafe in the public place, not only for us and also the
Your first question was,
1.Why is internet such a needed service yet costs so much?
Yes, I do accept your opinion that internet is such a needed service and costs too much for the average, though this is not related to wi-fi
alone, Ill explain this for you. Basically, the service offered depends on the competition in the field, and in the internet service providing field,
in most of the nations, it is restricted to the government running the internet service to keep an eye on the internet usage of the country, and in
those places you will see that the costs are high, but in countries which have more than one ISP, due to heavy competition, there is a fare reduction,
for example, I am paying only 600 Rupees which corresponds to 12 US$ per month for my fixed line internet rental along which provides me a download
limit of 2.5 GB at normal time and night unlimited usage, but in other countries, I can surely say most would be paying high costs not by will, but by
lack of choice.
Secondly, coming to the wireless side, when comparing the fixed line broadband, the wireless technology, though has seen some huge advancement in
speed and technology, takes a lot of cost to set up the connections and keep it running, and if you consider the wi-fi hotspots, the only way the
service providers earn the money is only through the business which promotes it, as you mentioned in the case of starbucks it is free only for the
loyalty customers and not general customers, and you are saying that it is free wi-fi for all, but, in other public places like government buildings,
the funding will be solely through the government funds, and considering the global crisis now, there would not be enough funds to pay, as all the
funds would have been diverted for keeping the economy afloat, and so, overall, the ISP encounters losses, and hence does not offer wireless
connection for free, though, they are willing to give it for home usage, because the billing would go the home owner.
Your second question,
2.What if wifi is safer then we think. What if the companies are just spreading rumors to get us off of it?
Wi-fi is not safe as you might, think Ill mention this along with the answer to your third question, about how, it not only dangerous for us in
the terms of increased risk of hacking and other things, but also a problem for the nations government as a whole.
Your third question,
3. Why can we receive free over the air TV but free over the air wifi is a bad thing?
First Ill answer the free over the air TV part. Basically, most free over the air channel don’t air as charity, they do business, they will
have to cover running costs which includes cost of transponders in satellites and transmission equipment and maintenance costs, and they fund this
through the airing of advertisements by the sponsors of a specific programme, but, in the case of internet, there are ads, but that is for the
websites hosting it only to meet the running costs and there are no ads for the ISP’s as there is no option for it, and hence, there is no way for
earning money for them, and also, as mentioned earlier, the cost would run into millions of dollars making it a expensive task.
And regarding, the security concern of the nation of free wi-fi, I am going to mention an incident which clearly proves that public wi-fi is bad in
the hands of “Bad People”.
NOTE: THE FOLLOWING THAT I AM GOING TO MENTION IS ONLY TO EXPLAIN THE MISUSE OF WI-FI
, AND FOR SAFETY REASONS, I AM ENCLOSING IT IN EXTERNAL
TAGS, ALONG WITH THE LINK.
Threatening e-mails were sent to media organisations prior to the July 26 Ahmedabad and September 13 Delhi serial blasts from unsecured wireless
Internet connections in Navi Mumbai and Mumbai respectively. Another email was sent from a wireless internet connection at a college in Central
"They sat in the car in which they came and sent the e-mail after which they left," Maria said.
wi-fi connections were being hacked into by the hacker.
So, it is clear, how people who misuse, can use the wi-fi for their own purposes and leave without a trace posing a threat to the nation and
difficulties as a whole.
So, I have made it clear that, wi-fi is not safe and there is risk of misuse when made public and free over the air. So, fixed lines are better to
Can you disprove this.
[edit on 15/12/08 by peacejet]