The Battle Of Free vs. Fee WiFi Heats Up In Coffee Houses

Nothing earth-shatteringly new, but a good summary of the free vs. fee WiFi debate as it applies to coffee houses in the Seattle area. What’s interesting is that the debate has quickly become one of indie coffee shops (free) vs. chain coffee shops (fee), giving it a different kind of little-guy vs. big-guy feel than just a straight business model question. Meanwhile, another fast food chain is going the free WiFi route. Krystal restaurants will open up their WiFi at restaurants in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas. Again, this is a smaller restaurant chain compared to the big national chains. It certainly seems like a pattern…

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