Every McDonalds I have been to is the same. They offer a great Internet service for the consumer through the ATT network. First, you have to agree to their terms and click on the “Get connected” button. I’m not sure what their terms are exactly offhand, but I’m sure they are fair.
Then you are given access to everything. You can watch YouTube videos and also the live streams from popular websites like Younow. You can also look at pornography websites. McDonalds will not block the porn. I have read about complaints from people catching other people watching porn on their computers. I’m not sure why ATT doesn’t block porn, but I think its a great idea not to.
Many libraries block porn websites and live stream events. For example, the Younow livestream is blocked at Seaside, Oregon library. But, since McDonalds is a short walk away, I can access it there.
What Mcadonalds throttles are the upload speeds. To upload a 5 minute movie to YouTube can take over 60 minutes. I can do the same upload at a nearby library for 5 minutes. The Internet speeds are directed by the provider. Not all libraries allow fast upload speed. Astoria, Oregon library would take over 2 hours to upload a 5 minute video. It’s worse than McDonalds.
McDonalds is a little strange with their signage. They say they allow free Internet, but they don’t want any loiterers. So you feel a little tense hanging out there for an extended period of time on your computer.
McDonald’s – In mid-January 2010, McDonald’s restaurants became one of the nation’s largest providers of free Wi-Fi Internet access. Free Internet access is available at 11,000 of the 13,000 U.S. locations. “Free” means what it says and no purchase is required.