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The British Library, the national library of the UK, charges users for Wi-Fi access: At least one user is complaining about the fee, which is a bit less but not much so than most of the commercial offerings. The British Library appears to be profiting from the service because the network is offered to the library free of charge. I browsed around the library’s Web site and didn’t find any mention of wired Internet access—I thought that perhaps the library figures if you can afford to buy a laptop and bring it to the library you can afford to pay for wireless Internet access. Most if not all libraries in the United States that have Wi-Fi offer it for free. It’s really a public service like the rest of the library offerings.
Posted by nancyg at April 28, 2005 2:12 PM
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