I’ll be on Fox 9 Tonight

If you’re in the Minneapolis area, check FOX 9 tonight at . . . get this . . . 9:55pm if you want to see a few sound bites from me about people cyber squatting in coffee houses to take advantage of free WiFi.

I sat down with Jamie Reese from FOX to discuss this topic at an Eden Prairie Dunn Bros near the EP mall.

Unlike me, Jamie is beautiful in person compared to her web photo.

The cameraman who shot the interview recently won an award for the best work in the 5-state region. I hope he got my good side.

UPDATE: Here’s a link to the story. There is a link on that page to the video.
MyFox Twin Cities | Wi-Fi Squatters Take Seats at Cafes

Ed Kohler, author of the blog Technology Evangelist, has blogged about wi-fi squatters.

“They spend the whole day there but only spend three or four dollars worth of stuff for 8 hours of access,” he said. “That’s pushing the limit to a degree — and every company has a different policy for how they deal with that, whether they even perceive it as a problem or not.”

They left out the part when I said, “If I can’t get free WiFi with my coffee, the terrorists have won.”

9 thoughts on “I’ll be on Fox 9 Tonight”

  1. Doh, I missed it. So, did he get your good side? Did they edit out all your full sentences? Can I have your autograph?

  2. Kirk, I don’t understand the relationship between the local FOX affiliates and the national station, but everyone I’ve met at FOX locally has been smart and didn’t lean to the right like they needed a V-8.

    Jamie’s a Technology Evangelist subscriber, so she has my respect.

    Mike, the video is linked to above. I need to rehearse my sound bites a bit more for next time.

  3. Mike, I think you’re onto something there. People have proven they’re willing to pay if there is a perceived value for something over free. Bottled water comes to mind.

  4. I imagine the internet providers will follow the profit models of cable TV and cell phones (not a big logic leap I suppose since they tend to be our internet providers too), where some ‘premium’ service will be carved out to make the high end user pay to get at that value service.

    I think the part they are stumbling on is (1) city/corporate grids (a relatively small challenge since they control the city govts via their special interest lobbies) and (2) wifi cafes/housing where the wifi sharing aspect where one router serves multiple people, and that is why they are attacking wifi and trying to restrict/eliminate it.
    Which is why if we put up a fuss, they might back off, since they still have plenty of profit potential without being too greedy on wifi. But, of course, if no one fusses, they will gladly reach into your back pocket and remove the money from your wallet for you to pay for wifi everywhere you go.

  5. “Kirk, I don’t understand the relationship between the local FOX affiliates and the national station, but everyone I’ve met at FOX locally has been smart and didn’t lean to the right like they needed a V-8.”

    The relationship between local FOX owned and operated stations and FOX News is revenue sharing and access to video. News directors and producers at FOX affiliates and O&Os do NOT fall into the same right-leaning ideologies as FOX News.

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