I’ve been compiling a list of free wifi hotspots in the metro for a couple of months now. Whenever I work outside on a coffee shop and they have Airborne Access, I use my free account with them but if it’s not available in the area, I try and hook up with other open APs I find.
The lingering question here is that is it illegal, even unethical at the very least?
If a person sets up a wifi network and leaves it open, I think he is basically giving consent to others to use his internet connection (in legal terms, quantum meruit).
It’s like turning on your 54″ HDTV at home, leaving the windows open so that passersby can take peek and watch a movie from the streets.
What’s your stand on this?