Public places with free wireless Internet include chain restaurants such as Starbucks and McDonald's, chain stores such as Staples and Office Depot, libraries, and city halls. Some courts, parks and grocery stores also offer free Wi-Fi.
Many fine coffee bars and cafes such as Caribou Coffee, Panera Bread and Courtyard by Marriott offer free wireless Internet to their customers. Although electronics stores such as Apple stores and CompUSA do not offer convenient places for browsing, customers can use their wireless Internet for quick access. Individuals sitting outside Apple stores can also access the stores' wireless Internet for free. Some food trucks and auto shops also offer free wireless connectivity for customers waiting for their services.
Although chains such as Staples and Fazoli's do not advertise their Wi-Fi, they offer free Internet access to their customers. Shopping malls and department malls usually offer free wireless Internet connectivity that people within their proximity can tap into. Many cable companies also offer dedicated hot spots in some locations and third-party businesses. Companies such as Time Warner and Cox have formed alliances to offer more than 100,000 free hot spots across the country, as of 2015. Individuals can check these companies' websites to find the locations of these hot spots.