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City wi-fi plans under scrutiny

Discussion in 'General Discussions and Lounge' started by gkd_uk, Jun 5, 2007.

  1. gkd_uk

    gkd_uk Guest

    More and more cities are cutting their wires and going wireless.
    But as councils offer public wi-fi, questions are being asked about how much citizens will use them and how sustainable they are.

    City-wide wi-fi is the obvious next step from wi-fi hotspots, bringing them out of cafes and hotel lobbies to provide ubiquitous coverage in a town.

    But some analysts claim that few citizens are using public wi-fi while other call for more cautious rollouts.

    Companies such as BT and The Cloud are partnering with local governments in the UK to build city-wide wireless networks offering councils enhancements to public services and giving citizens the chance to connect to the web from wi-fi enabled devices.

    But such partnerships create tensions between the private firms that roll them out and the councils that want to leverage the maximum benefit from them.

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