free wi-fi in Portland

So this company called MetroFi started launching free wireless access in Portland.

I’m not sure how I feel about this.  If it’s 100% ad supported and $0.00 public money was spent on it, I’m all for it.  However I’m not up for municipalities putting up free wi-fi for freeloaders to use. 

Is this a service governments should be providing at public expense?  when I think of essential government services – I think of public safety (cops and firefighters), transportation (roads) and such – not free Internet access.

Believe me, I’m all for free wi-fi – but projects such as Personal Telco are the way to go, in my humble opinion.

I heard a guy on the radio say “I’m all for free wi-fi.  I used to feel obligated to pay a coffee shop for a coffee to use their wi-fi.  Now I can just log on to the free stuff.”  That’s exactly my point.