Chains Giving Away Wi-Fi More and more cities are offering Wi-Fi at no charge. If you're not lucky enough to be in one, don't cave in and pay for access at your hotel--or at McDonald's or Starbucks, which also charge for the service. Just stop in at one of the many chains below. (Libraries are also worth a try.) To find... Budget Travel Tuesday, Oct 18, 2005, 3:20 PM Budget Travel LLC, 2016


Chains Giving Away Wi-Fi

Hotels on the way to Wi-Fi

Days Inn will begin implementing free wireless access in all locations in late-Oct. 2005, as will Ramada at the end of 2005, and Howard Johnson in Mar. 2006.


While no U.S. city is entirely wireless yet, many have large hotspot zones and a select few--most notably San Francisco and Philadelphia--have made free or low-cost city-wide Wi-Fi access a top priority.

Here are the Top 20 winners of Intel's annual "Most Unwired Cities" survey:

  • Seattle-Bellevue-Everett-Tacoma, Wash
  • San Francisco-San Jose-Oakland, Calif. 
  • Austin-San Marcos, Tex. 
  • Portland, Oregon - Vancouver, Wash.
  • Toledo, Ohio 
  • Atlanta, Ga.
  • Denver, Colo.
  • Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, N.C.
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.
  • Orange County, Calif.
  • San Diego, Calif.
  • Chicago, Ill.
  • Boston, Mass.
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Charlotte-Gastonia, N.C. - Rock Hill, S.C.
  • Sacramento, Calif.
  • Baton Rouge, La.
  • Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
  • For the complete 100-city list, visit And to search for hotspots in specific U.S. cities, visit

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