As a member of the press who has come to CES for many years, one of the benefits that helps us all file our stories is the availability of Internet access. This year, with CES at it's all time largest in number of exhibitors and and crowd, not to mention with more than 6,000 registered members of the press in attendance the show grew to where there are two venues of almost equal stature.
The VoIP exhibit area that last year was in the LVCC was moved to bigger and nice quarters over that the Sands Convention Center, but the exhibitors there, and in all the other Zones that populated the Sands likely won't get the full pop from the media they deserve. You see, someone with a momentary lack of reason, chose to not provide the media with free wireless access, and instead would like to see us pay the egregious amount $9.95 for 30 minutes of access.
Given how bad that connectivity was yesterday the two times and $19.00 or so it cost me, maybe the capacity or WiFi deployment isn't in the Sands yet. But I doubt that.
This is how not to run a media room 101.
So what does this mean to the exhibitors. That's simple. Media go where they can easily file there stories. The chances of media coming and working out of the press room at the Sands was neutered by the non-thinking, anti-greed like decision to make the venue second class to the LVCC by either the venue itself or the show organizers as the working press will go to where filing their stories is easy, not where it's not.
I've asked to meet with the Sands Director of Internet Operations to lobby for the good of all media here. Given this is the CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW and so much of it now is Internet related the concept of media access is important so the world can know what's going on here at CES.
Update--They show management explained that they have wired access and of course the terminals. The venue management agreed to place more outlets, more Ethernet ports up in the press room. That's a start, and they are to be thanked and commended, but this is a wireless world now.
With Covad flying WiMax all over Las Vegas the ability to get broadband anywhere is not the issue. Shows cost all of us enough, and Internet access shouldn't cost us the kind of rates this venue charged.
Maybe Google or Earthlink should consider a buildout in Las Vegas...