Using FullertonWireless (instead of paying for it!)

Offering anything for free in a county which suffers from NIMBYism (i.e. the death of Centerline and the proposed El Toro Airport) just clashes with the style of the county supervisors. Of course if something is offered for free from the city level of government there is probably a good reason for it.

In Fullerton, home of a major junior college and Cal State Fullerton, the purpose of the free WiFi is to get the students away from the campus and into the local businesses of the downtown area. If you look at a map of Fullerton, Fullerton Junior College, Cal State Fullerton, and the Downtown area serve as three different islands across a semi-vast area of land.

So I am sitting here at the Plush Design Lab in Downtown Fullerton typing this up over the free WiFi (even though the place offers a pay WiFi service). The place has XM satellite music (on some sort of lounge music channel) and feels like something you may find in New York, not in Orange County. With the hints of Orange on the chairs and on the walls near the eMac computer terminals it feels like I’m in an Easynet cafe. If I was still in College (or who knows if I go back for a Masters) this is a place where I could host a study group.

In Orange County the cities have to take the initive and offer the free stuff, the County will never do it as long as they find different ways to make money off of their various pet projects and land development deals with the Irvine Company.

2 Comments so far

  1. Grant Henninger (unregistered) on March 15th, 2005 @ 10:28 pm

    I’ve thought that Plush would be a good place for a an OC Metblogs meetup. And now that there is free wifi, there is even more incentive.

  2. Michael Randall (unregistered) on March 15th, 2005 @ 11:16 pm

    I was sitting near the window and I was able to pick up the city’s free WiFi but it kept cutting out on me.

    The place would be great for a meetup but I’ll have to give it another test run before I can tell if it was the network or my laptop.

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