Depending on your perspective, the news that Japanese telecom giant NTT Docomo is installing Wi-Fi hotspots on the iconic Mount Fuji is either progress, or a dreaded sign of the technocratic end times. Working with local councils, NTT Docomo will install eight free Wi-Fi hotspots in various locations around the famous volcano, along with hooking up various hikers cottages and resorts.
Advocates say that connectivity on the mountain will allow for safer treks to the summit, as hikers will be able to track weather conditions in real time, as well as contact authorities in case of emergency. To that end, the free WiFi will last for approximately 72 hours, ample time for the average person to climb and descend the mountain. Trials start in September – one more bold step towards being able to Instagram a selfie from literally anywhere on Earth.
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