At this point, we should be looking at the sunset of public Wi-Fi with a sense of nostalgia.
My first thought when reporting the story of Boingo Wireless outfitting New York City subway stations
Why is this going to take five years? Why won't Wi-Fi work in all of the tunnels? Why am I going to pull out an expensive laptop in a U.S. subway station? Why am I going to pay $5 (or whatever) for the privilege of working on a hard subway bench inundated by rumbling, roaring trains, arrival announcements, the chatter of strangers, and crying children? And why do I want Wi-Fi, anyway?