AT&T didn't do anything to improve matters "in the City" either.
The transmitters were installed in Embarcadero Center, a cluster of
downtown office buildings erected in the 1970s.
not unusual for high-end financial district office buildings to have WiFi access. Indeed, it's unusual for a fancy downtown building not to
have this sort of service. It would be as newsworthy to report an office
building had installed a new break-room toaster-oven.
WiFi service, it seems, is this era's Krispy Kreme donut shop. Back during the early aughts, the snack chain had so successfully hyped their product that journalists felt "the need
to write a story every time a Krispy Kreme opens? Ev-er-y time. Complete
with photos and if-you-go boxes," according to the American Journalism Review.
Prior to that, Microsoft trained reporters to beat drums every time the company tweaked features on a product.
Now WiFi's supposedly always news, even though home transmitters are an appliance as common as toasters.
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