I believe I have mentioned before that one of the challenges connected with travel is the availability of Internet connection, especially when traveling by motor home. In the past, when we were parked at a church where either Jerry or I would speak, and before we had a computer with wireless capabilities, we often ran a phone line from the church into our motor home. But we don’t even use dial up any more, and not many churches have routers so that we can have wireless service. So, as I did in Santa Maria, I often go to the library. Starbucks, and other coffee houses, usually have the service as now even some McDonald’s do, I understand. I remember more than once when we were traveling, that we would drive around in the car with an open computer, trying to track down a signal so we could check our email. Once we found a strong, non-encrypted signal outside a motel, and parked there for a few minutes while we did a bit of business. Hope they didn’t mind.
It’s all improving, though, and now many RV parks have wireless services throughout the park, or at least in their offices where we can tap in. It’s often spotty, though, and I recall pictures I took last year in an RV park in Durango, Colorado where both Jerry and Berl are outside with computers on their laps trying to pick up a clear signal.
BBC has an interesting article concerning the subject. Since I now blog everyday, this definitely is of vital concern to me.
In search of Google wi-fi
By Katie Fehrenbacher
Google’s home is in Mountain View
City-wide wi-fi networks are beginning to be rolled out across the United States. One of the most high-profile is a network operated by search giant Google.
While poring over hidden charges on your cell phone bill, or writing hefty cheques to your internet service provider, it’s hard not to think there should be a better way.
Anything but high prices and no choices. Well, I’m starting to think there is, and I caught a glimpse of it in the city of Mountain View, California.
Read the remainder of the article here.