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Would You Pay for More WiFi Bandwidth in Your Hotel Room?

October 27, 2011 at 11:56 AM | by | Comments (3)

Welcome to our OpenThreads, a free-for-all forum on a hotel-related topic. This is where you can tell us how you, the hotel guest, operates inside a hotel, not the other way around. So jump right in and comment away!

Perhaps the next time we spy iPads in the guestrooms, we shouldn't geek out so much as these tablet devices might be the reason why a hotel's WiFi network is so slow.

NYT biz travel reporter Joe Sharkey says that hotels blame the rapid rise of the iPad and other tablet devices for putting a strain on their network's bandwidth capability. That's because people are checking in and logging on not just with their iPad but their laptop and cellphones (Um, yes. Guilty.)

Sharkey quotes David W. Garrison, the chief executive of iBAHN, (you may know iBahn as the company that's always charging you for internet in your Marriott Hotel room) as saying the iPad is "the final nail in the coffin" for the idea that hotel WiFi should be free. Well, so says someone who's business is to charge for WiFi.

However, the bandwidth problem is a big problem. We talked about it during our 2011 Hotel WiFi Report in April and here's what Joe Germanotta of GuestWiFi about the heavy issue:

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