Panera Bread turning off Wi-Fi

On a recent trip to Los Angeles, I discovered a great place to get a coffee, light meal and free Wi-Fi connectivity – Panera Bread. The Santa Monica location I visited had at least 15 customers with laptops on the table beside their food. During the trip, I also compiled a list of other free wi-fi hotspots in the Los Angeles area.

Unfortunately, Wi-Fi access has become so popular that the place has had to institute a policy of turning off the wi-fi access during their 12-2 p.m. busy period. Of course, since the City of Santa Monica operates their own free municipal wi-fi service in the 3rd Street Promenade district and other downtown areas (along with nearby Culver City, Burbank and West Hollywood), I guess customers can simply switch service providers during that period.