Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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August 16, 2013

Photo sharing from Mt. Fuji? It's possible

With the advent of Facebook, Twitter, and other social media forms, it’s easy to announce to the world what you’ve been up to.

From an observer’s standpoint, it’s fun to go online and see pictures of summer vacations, first days of school, sports teams, 4H winners and more. These real-time pictures help keep me in the loop of what’s going on with friends and family.

As for sharing pictures, there are definitely some snapshots that I can go without seeing. For example, I have never understood why people post pictures of their meals. (Please, just eat it before it gets cold!)

On the other hand, I would certainly consider something like climbing a 12,500 foot tall mountain as Facebook-worthy material. That’s why, whenI recently read about Japan’s Mount Fuji having 4G coverage – including the peak – I could only imagine hikers immediately wanting to snap a picture and share the accomplishment with social media friends. The idea that internet coverage is available at that elevation is amazing to me.

According to Computerworld.com, Japan’s largest mobile operator is providing the internet service. Speeds can reach up to 75M on the mount’s peak. A hiker could snap a picture and post it to Facebook much faster than he could turn around and climb back down the mountain.

The availability of free Internet access atop a mountain not only makes for a very unique Hotspot location, it also speaks to the growing popularity of free Wi-Fi.

From airports, restaurants and bookstores, Hotspots are becoming commonplace. Even right here in Greensburg, there are many Hotspot locations offering the convenience of internet at your fingertips. ETC alone works with dozens of local businesses that see the importance of offering complimentary Wi-Fi to patrons. Ranging from Absolute Style hair salon, to West Main Laundromat, to the Greensburg City Park and more, businesses recognize that people are multi-tasking like never before. After all, if you’re waiting in the doctor’s office for an appointment, why not make good use of your wait time?

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