What if there was a way to get together with your neighbors to share Wi-Fi and lighten the financial load? There's nothing wrong with the idea, and if you have good wireless coverage, you might not even notice a difference. Now New York City has a new app that lets you do that, and it could be expanding soon.
The app is called WiNot, and it's launching throughout New York City on September 14. With WiNot, you can sign up to share your Internet connection and charge $15 to $22 a month when a neighbor signs up to use it. WiNot takes a 20% cut.
If you're looking for Wi-Fi, the app shows you both free locations and locations where you can purchase a shared Internet connection. Free Wi-Fi hotspots show up in green, and spots you can purchase it at appear in orange.
Miriam Martin, one of the creators of the WiNot app, told Forbes the motivation behind the app is to increase Internet availability for low-income families. Although it's currently just launching in New York City, you can still sign up at WiNotApp.com and encourage the app-makers to expand.
Note: Many Internet service providers have rules against sharing or reselling your Internet connection. You'll need to check with your provider to see if this is allowed.
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