Internet Access Charges

Internet access chargesOne of the things that bothers me the most about traveling is Internet access charges. Part of the problem is consistency. I never know where or how much I’ll have to pay to access the Internet. When I arrived at the San Jose airport, I would have had to pay in order to get Internet access (I passed). At the Las Vegas airport, Internet access was free which was nice since it allowed me to get a couple hours of work done before Nate arrived. Our hotel had Internet access, but charged $12 a day to access it.

With the sites and the income I earn from the Internet being my main source of income, Internet access is quite important, but this was something that bothered me even before then. I don’t necessarily believe Internet access should be free (the places that offer it do have to pay for the system), but I wish they would offer a free alternative (such as an advertisement based system where I could access it for so long if i viewed an advertisement of some type). This is especially true because most places offer their Internet service for 24 hours when often I only need it for a short time to access email.

I guess the real problem is that I feel that free Internet access through wireless networks such as Google is promoting in some cities is the wave of the future and it free Internet access will be available almost anywhere within the next 5 years or so. Knowing this, it bothers me to have to pay for Internet access outside my home. Am I the only one that feels this way?

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4 Responses to Internet Access Charges

  1. Phil says:

    Actually, I’ve found that the San Jose airport to be one of the most reasonable prices for Internet Access. I believe it is only $6.95 for a day’s worth of access. I travel to SJ a lot, and frankly, that airport is not one of the finest in the country. I’m definately willing to pay the $7 for something interesting to do or read.

    Also, one thing I’ve noticed is that the swankier the hotel, the more money they charge for Internet Access. Tier-2 hotels will give you free access much more often then the top tier ones. So in those cases you can save money on both the room cost and the Internet Access charges.

  2. Jan says:

    It makes great business sense for cities to pick up the wireless tab at airports. San Jose offers free wireless down town. Why not at the airport? On a recent trip to Albuquerque, I was able to get free internet access in the airport, thanks to the city of Albuquerque.

  3. pfadvice says:

    Actually, I’ve found that the San Jose airport to be one of the most reasonable prices for Internet Access. I believe it is only $6.95 for a day’s worth of access.

    I should have made that a bit clearer in my post – the reason I passed was after getting through all the congestion at the airport that day I only had about 30 minutes there which would have been long enough to check some emails, but not worth the price.

  4. Retireyoung says:

    I am with you on this one. Free is definitely the way to go. Since costs are usually so low, hotels and airports should be able to provide it for free.]

    As the internet becomes more and more important to travelers (if it isn’t already) hotels won’t be able to afford to not have a good connection.

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