Will 5G Kill Free WiFi?

By 2020, [Aicha Evans,Intel] declared, some 50 billion “things” will become connected: self-driving cars, traffic lights, smart-city sensor networks, personal drones, appliances, etc. “If it computes, it must connect,” she said. “Otherwise it might as well be a brick.” […] So, with networks all smeared together into one great big not-free network, what happens to the networks that are currently free? The question answers itself. Freeness will be consumed along with the networks themselves. “5G-for-all presents the opportunity to kill free WiFi and instead charge users for every data packet they send or receive, no matter which of the integrated communications technologies is used,” [R. Colin Johnson,EE Times] argues. – Michael Byrne, MOTHERBOARD