Internet connectivity has become one of the most important things in the average person’s life. This is even truer for the generation that is growing up in a world where we have access to so much using a portable device, whether that is a cell phone or tablet. I was going through a department store the other day and I pulled my phone out of my pocket. Unfortunately, I had no signal. Unexpectedly, that department store had a public wireless network that could be connected to for a shopper's convenience. Apparently, wireless access is so important that we have gone from finding it in almost every coffee shop to having it in department stores, as well.
I have to admit, that department store made my shopping trip more pleasant since I was able to look up some information while I was there. In a sense, it almost doesn’t make sense not to have public wireless available. Most commercial wireless equipment has the ability to run multiple networks without any noticeable degradation and the department stores already have wireless access points all over the place so that their equipment can be connected into the system. By opening up internet access to their clients, they just manage to offer another service with minimal impact on their expenses. In my case, I ended up buying a few additional items from the store after doing a bit of research.
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