Phillip Smith

Free wireless is good for small businesses

This report-back from a St. Lawrence Market merchant caught my eye today on the Wireless Toronto mailing list:

Just a quick update, using Pay-Pal and Wireless Toronto combined has had a dramatic effect on my sales. Other merchants are dropping by and asking how it works. One is purchasing a macbook on Friday and has set up the same type of account.

Also I had a visit from a banker out of Unionville, I think it may prompt some Canadian banks to examine more closely their small business practices and procedures.

All in all so far a positive experience.

It's great to see efforts like setting up free wireless in the St. Lawrence Market having a real impact. Yet another reason why free municipal wireless is a good thing (especially when supported by volunteer-run groups like Wireless Toronto.


Hi, I'm Phillip Smith, a veteran digital publishing consultant, online advocacy specialist, and strategic convener. If you enjoyed reading this, find me on Twitter and I'll keep you updated.


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