I was right. McDonald's was offering wireless access along with its Big Macs. Great signal too.
The only problem was that, as best I could tell, I was going to be charged an arm and a leg to use it.
So I took my Diet Coke and my laptop back to the Trailblazer, drove around behind the building, and, while still sitting in my car (and sipping my thirst-quenching beverage) picked up the wireless signal coming from the motel that happened to be in the same parking lot. For free.
I was reminded of the occasion by this:
This too appears to be a for-fee service.
Chick-fil-A, located on 2200 North Franklin Street in Christiansburg, recently announced that they have entered into an agreement with Citizens Mobile Broadband to provide a WiFi hotspot in the restaurant. (link)
Broadband wireless internet access is a relatively new industry. And the opportunities are immense. But if I were an investor, I'd be kind of careful before I invested in a for-fee wi fi company.
Free beats exquisite accommodations and genteel ambiance of a McDonald's Happyland every time.