From my hometown in Bama (which shall go nameless)...WI-FI has arrived. Free WI-FI...I should say.
It's a curious thing. Most everyone has 56k type speed and thats more than enough for email and some browsing. You can't run video. You can't download tons of p0rn. You can't download songs. You can't watch a ballgame. But there's lots of other stuff that you can do.
The WI-FI area is mostly around the general store and gas station....so you have to bring your laptop down and browse while there. My best guess....in a whole week...you might have twelve guys who show up...and half will be teenagers who simply want a private chance to do things not observed by mom or dad.
Is the local cop involved? Well...the answer is more than likely yes. I'm guessing that he hopes one single person each month downloads some p0rn and he can go after them with a search warrant.
When the feds sit around and talk about this WI-FI dream of bringing high speed access to all Americans....they likely mean folks in my old hometown. It'll be curious who runs this and who manages it...via a security standpoint. If the local cop has his way...he'll get a listing each week of folks in violation of something and can tackle them.
The last curious thing about this....is that you can still walk around and find hundreds of folks in the area who don't get into this computer business...even folks under the age of thirty. People are still living their lives in simplicity and don't require connectivity to someone or something.