I went to Starbucks for a coffee and pastry yesterday. Unlike most coffee shops which have "free" newspapers lying around, Starbucks doesn't, which left me to check the internet on my I phone while I drank my Grande dark roast. I am not one of the those people I see a lot lately at Starbucks, usually sitting by themselves at a four person table with their laptop, obviously there for the long haul, but I do like to use their free internet while drinking my overpriced coffee and second rate pastry.
Not so free any more. I found that their free internet is now sponsored by Travel Alberta and before I could access my internet I had to watch a 30 second commercial on my phone.
Aside from having to watch the commercial (which I have already seen on TV), why would my government spent $$$ preparing this video and then paying Starbucks $$$ to force me to watch it, all with the goal of getting me to visit Alberta, when I already live here?
Unfortunately I suspect we are going to be getting a lot more commercials with our free internet.