agree to disagree?
I think that the difficulty with making comparisons with hosue, or cars, or guards letting people in or out is that these are examples that people can physically see and understand. And our culture has changed over the years (like when people didn't lock their doors) so that people have learned to lock their doors.
Wifi is different. There are many people that fail to comprehend even the most basic functions of a computer, only now coming to grips with the internet, let alone anything travelling through the air.
That's not something they can see. Many people (especially those of the older generation) might understand that if those waves are travelling in their home, how is that trespassing or stealing, since they are at their own computer, in their own home.
Also, to the person who said something about leaches and being too cheap to buy their own connection, I would like to say, no I'm not too cheap, I'm poor. I'm a lowly-paid intern living in an expensive city. I rent a minute flat with no phone line, what used to be a maids room back in the day. If I want internet, I need to ask permission of my landlord and the housing authority. I need to pay for installation of a line and accompanying fees. then I need to pay for a phone and internet service. I am obligated to pay for 12 months minimum service unless I move out of the country. And this knowing full well that my landlord can expulse me from my flat at any time. So when the travel agency next door leaves their connection on all night and all weekend, i'm not really going to think twice about connecting to it.
Anyway, I think wifi internet should be free. Maybe restricted in badwidth,I dont know. Here in geneva there are some public wifi points in certain areas (like in public parks and near the uni). I think it's a good idea.