Seriously, how hard is it to find a wi-fi hot spot if one really needs one? Answer: not hard at all. Especially in Los Angeles where this story comes from. But some people insist that the government be involved in everything. That the government seek to mitigate the “digital divide.” (Remember that one?) Unsurprisingly the LA government can’t seem to get the taxpayer financed wi-fi hot spots to even work. Think about that. The government can not send out a simple wi-fi signal without screwing it up. I mean, Starbucks and McDonalds can figure it out. Denny’s can figure it out. But the city government? Well, so what’s $500,000 of the taxpayer’s money? (And why did this project cost half a million dollars? Who got those installation contracts?)
Consider also that many of the people the politicians are pandering to probably qualify for taxpayer financed “Lifeline” phones. (A totally crony program by the way as we’ve documented many times.) Many of those phones can be turned into wi-fi hotspots. Why pay for subsidized wi-fi twice? Additionally, as we said, since wif-fi is practically everywhere anyway.
(From The Washington Examiner)
Between late 2015 and March 2016, reporters from the Los Angeles Times surveyed 24 California locations between Long Beach and Pasadena, testing the quality of municipal Wi-Fi hotspots serviced and maintained by the South Bay Regional Broadband Consortium, a municipal wireless-Internet program funded with telecom taxes added to Californians’ telephone bills. What the reporters found may surprise some: Nearly $500,000 had been flushed down the drain by the project.
An initial check of 18 hotspot locations, conducted in late 2015, revealed that none of the taxpayer-funded access points were even broadcasting a Wi-Fi signal.