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Should your bank offer free public wireless access?
Not so long ago it was trendy for banks to offer internet terminals in their lobbies, along with gourment coffee service and perhaps a video screen tuned to a financial news channel. Computers and other gadgets have come a long way since, and nowadays people carrying wireless devices often have an eye open for a "hot spot" where they can access a wireless or "WiFi," signal.
Is this a good idea for banks? Is it doable? A banker recently asked "Pass the Aspirin" about the risks and rewards of providing public wireless in bank branches. He saw some plusses in this, but he also worried about risks to the bank.
Below is a sampling of what we've heard so far from community bankers. Add your own ideas and suggestions.
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