In a world where mobile internet is becoming as available as air and water, I think it’s time to enforce the same standards for internet as for air and water. When a place offers wifi for free, they ought to be required to provide a minimum of quality internet service (e.g. a target minimum latency and uptime). How is it that I can run a cheapo off-the-shelf wireless access point at home over shitty DSL (with no additional tweaking) and still get better service than this coffee shop can offer during their mid-morning customer lull?
It’s called “trying” people – look it up.