If a Bus, a Hamburger and a Plane Can, Why Can’t We?

Surf and Ride

Peoria Charter Service Bus

Peoria Charter Service Bus

I am at a roadside rest area and I do a double take. Did I just read what I think I read on the side of that huge Greyhound Bus? What does that giant skin on that bus say? Now I see the bus driver coming towards me, and as my reporter instinct tells me, grab him and find out!! I did just that.  He was so proud to tell me that, yes, his riders can surf the web while they drive down the highway!! Wow, now that is really innovation. The Peoria Charter Bus company travels between a university town, Champaign, Illinois to Chicago, several times per day. The owner of the bus company said, why not give the passengers wifi. And so they did.

McDonalds Free Wifi

McDonalds has Wifi

McDonalds has Wifi

My husband and I frequent McDonalds and it is not for the hamburgers! We go to McDonalds for the coffee, yogurt parfaits and wifi. We have been doing this for years. The wifi was never free, until now! Yes, at every McDonalds you can go in with your laptop and get awesome high speed internet access.

Virgin America plans Wi-Fi launch party in the sky

Virgin Airlines has wifi

Virgin Airlines has wifi

Just a few months ago I saw a headline about Virgin America Airlines.Virgin America Airlines (yes flying) is now offering wifi on its planes and flights. I did not know they had wifi at all. So when you are flying to a destination you can use your laptop. How convenient is that!

My point is that we as PM / FM professionals have to see that internet access is no longer optional. If you cannot bring wifi areas to your property, what is the speed bump? Now, I am not saying this has to be the fully functional network for the occupants to conduct business, not yet at least, but at least have some lounges or lobbies with some wifi.  Make it super easy, at their own risk and see what kind of deal you can find from your local ISP.  Maybe exchange it for a plug or advertising signage, so it is FREE for the lounge or lunch area, or vending area. I say, if there is a will there is a way.  A router costs nothing, so try to get FREE service if you can. Ask the vending machine operator to sponsor it, or anybody with a vested interest in your occupants.  But for heaven’s sake, do not ignore it. Wifi is here and it is not a fad, it is a basic utility. It is our job to make it happen!

About The Author

Linda Day Harrison CPM CCIM

Professional designations of CPM (Certified Property Manager) and CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) are held, along with holding a real estate license in the State of Illinois. Currently providing consulting services to clients in need of general business technology, real estate property management technology and greening. I formerly held a position as President of a local Midwest real estate company which specialized in investment real estate, property management, brokerage and leasing. That opportunity included the acquisition and turn around of another real estate company providing tremendous insight into the purchasing of a company and the processes involved. My current goal is to help others identify opportunities to grow their company and create wealth for its principals and employees through use of technology or other trends that may be applicable to their respective industries, while keeping the business focus on providing excellent customer service to their clients. Industry expertise in the use of technology for real estate property management and leasing with strength in the turn around of all investment real estate types. Specialist with receivership, mortgagee in possession and any other adverse acquistion transactions. Founder of theBrokerList.com a site to bring all members of the commercial real estate industry together in an efficient and effective manner at no cost to the users! There is a pent up demand for our companies, people and properties to have tools that are low or no cost and theBrokerList is the first site of its kind to do just that!

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