Ah, The Dismal Science and WiFi

The real problem will be when these games lead to claims that municipal broadband should not be funded by governments because of economic harm: If Parks Offer Free Internet, Why Can’t Costly Hotels?

Oddly enough, the pricier the hotel, the more likely you are to pay an extra fee to check your e-mail from your room, said Bjorn Hanson, the head of the hospitality and leisure division at PricewaterhouseCoopers. That is because three-star chains like Hilton’s Garden Inn, Hampton Inn and Homewood Suites and Marriott’s Courtyard, Residence Inn and Fairfield Inn cater to price-conscious travelers, while the swankier names figure you won’t much care about the extra few bucks.

Corporate travel managers are now trying to negotiate with four-star and five-star hotel brands to include Internet access in the room charge in future contracts, Mr. Hanson said

If the hotels are smart, they will concede the point. While baby boomers still outnumber them, Generation Xers spend more per capita on business travel, and have little patience for either dial-up connections or the general idea of paying for high-speed Internet access, which they have been accustomed to having free since college.

[…] Like Mr. Campbell and most other business travelers, I regard reliability of the connection as more important than the $9.95 it might cost.

Even so, it galls me to have to pay it. […]