Homeless people are being turned into walking internet hotspots where consumers can simply pay to get a password and log on.
The Homeless Hotspots initiative was pilotted at the SXSW music and technology conference in Austin, Texas – with a suggested price of $2 per 15 minutes.
Homeless people carried MiFi devices which connect to the internet via the 4G phone network and offer web access via a wi-fi network.
A promotional video uses wi-fi vendors, Clarence, a homeless man from New Orleans who lost his house in Hurricane Katrina. Here is a video of Clarence explaining how it works: