Why Not Add a Wi-Fi Password to the Price of a Concert Ticket?

How could they do it? Come to find out there are options for venues and festivals who want to invest in cell-phone infrastructure.

"A wide variety of promoters and venues work with AT&T and other carriers to enhance the network capacity by deploying additional assets, such as Cells On Wheels (COWs) at events. These portable cell sites provide extra coverage and capacity to accommodate large crowds," says an AT&T Spokesperson.

"Other options, which are becoming popular, are DAS (Distributed Antenna System) networks that are deployed within a venue," the spokesperson adds. "DAS systems use multiple antennas placed in strategic locations throughout a venue to provide wireless service."

Sounds pretty technical. An easier suggestion may just be for promoters and building owners to set up their own wi-fi networks around the building. They could post the password to the network inside the venue somewhere. It wouldn't necessarily be fast, but it's better than nothing.

Unless you're the type that believes nothing is better than something, which is to say you believe we should stop worrying about what's going on outside the venue and pay attention to what's going on in front of our faces.

That's a fair point, but it look at it this way: in addition to cell phones' exorbitant "convenience" fees have also become a part of the concert-going experience. You know what would be worth one-fifth of the ticket price and actually convenient? Wi-fi access.

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If you're on AT&T, don't expect good cell coverage at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion.  AT&T's network is horrible out here.


@ThunderTix Thanks for the tweet!

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