Anecdotal Solutions to the Wifi Quandary
Wireless Access in New York City is certainly not a given. Many people manage on an ad hoc basis or pay exorbitant monthly fees to companies like T-mobile. I’ve had the use lately of wifi from an unknown source. But I’d rather pay a community group for access. what’s your story? Where do you get wifi? Would you support low-cost municipal access? Please join in.
As I write this piece, the wireless connection that I count on to do research is flickering on and off. I don’t pay for the connection, nor do I know its source. Before the connection appeared one day, I was forced to manage my time so that four or five contiguous hours were available to me in the public library in Manhattan, where a wifi connection is available. That often meant not being able to work on Sunday, or having to depend on my battery since the libraries don’t provide plenty of electrical outlets.
It’s terrific that a few of the libraries offer wireless access; the situation however is not ideal for the serious researcher. For one thing, you can’t even leave your laptop for one minute. You can’t print at all. There may not be a spot for you to sit. And of course, the public library is no longer a quiet place to concentrate, but is filled with people trying to connect