Here on CloudAve we spend a reasonable amount of time travelling to, from and
between conferences. We see lots of different hotels and attend many different
Nice guy David Terrar posted complaining of the poor WiFi access at the Web 2.0 Expo in
Berlin recently, he also compared that to the frankly outstanding access at the
recent Office 2.0 Conference. I
attended Office 2.0 and commented on the excellent connectivity there.
Arguably even worse than poor conference access is being charged exorbitant
rates for Internet access at hotels – and this after paying exorbitant room
rates too. I’ve also commented about that situation.
Here on CloudAve we’re proponents and evangelists for living in the clouds –
poor Internet access is therefore anathema to us so we’re going to lead the
charge against the evil that is poor connectivity options.
So we’re announcing the CloudAve Decent Access Initiative – in which we
attempt to solve these problems via two strategies.
Voting with our wallets
From now on when travelling, the CloudAve team will have free Internet
connectivity as a minimum requirement when choosing hotels. If an option exists,
CloudAve will chose hotels providing free access and will shout far and wide
about said hotel. Where no option exists we’ll name and shame the guilty party
and advise the community just how much they charge for WiFi
Evangelising the future
Conference organisers have a lot on their plates – we understand that
Internet connectivity is just one of the things on the list. CloudAve however is
in a reasonable position to slowly influence conference organisers to put
connectivity higher up on their list of things to do.
Join us in the crusade!
As a caring and sharing bunch – we’re inviting all our peers to joins the DAI – what you have to do is obvious, and together we can show the power
of the collective voice.
United we stand!
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