By the end of this year, visitors to Vail will be able to get free Wi-Fi access anywhere in town. Access with speeds up to 300Kbps will be free of charge, and faster service will be available for purchase.
It will be interesting to watch this trend of municipal Wi-Fi networks develop. And, after years of having no other choice than to pay hotels' extortionate fees for often-spotty internet access, free access will be a welcome relief to travelers.
Though it's from late last year, this Wired article offers up a bit of context on the rate at which Wi-Fi networks are being planned in cities across the country.