O.K. Wal-Mart is a hot button issue. I had a feeling that it would get a reaction as soon as I wrote it.
I have one near me. It ticks me off when I see a person paying with food stamps, at the same time talking on a Smartphone or Blackberry.
How can you tell they are on "food stamps", what they issue looks just like a credit/debit card and it's impossible to see what it is unless you look very close. I hear stories like this all the time and they just don't pan out. The best is when people tell me the they see such people drive away in luxury cars. In my state if you are on food assistance you are limited to car that is blue booked at under $2,400, yet the urban myth of the Welfare Queen in the Cadillac (or using a Blackberry) continues.
Without going into great detail, I was recently hired by a big city bank executive to create what he refers to as fairytale garden for his two daughters complete with water slide and natural pool. It's going to cost a lot of money. I know for a fact he has made his millions because of the housing bubble and foreclosure. I assume he is not going to jail because the laws are written in his favor and he has a good lawyer/accountant, but if anyone is cheating the system I think it is more likely a savvy business person than some poor soul who probably dropped out of high school and had a kid too soon.
Back to the original question - will free internet in public housing be abused?- possibly, but no more than it is abused by people who pay a little for it monthly but take advantage of loop holes on their taxes, can afford good lawyers, and know how to milk a system that favors the rich.