Boston is thinking about city-wide wi-fi access

Michael Feldman of Dowbrigade has a really interesting report on something that I didn't even know was going on in Boston. Apparently they/we are thinking about providing wi-fi access across the city:

"However, there are a number of important issues to be resolved before one of these plans becomes operational: opposition from current ISP's and wireless phone providers, differing business models for paying for and possibly charging for the service, which of several competing technologies to support, and the proper role of municipal and state government in regulating access and content."

Michael has some fun with the 3x5 cards that are apparently the only way to ask questions from the panel - in the expectation of getting answers by email!

"On our yellow card we carefully wrote "We feel like we are watching C-SPAN. Why are you afraid to face the opinions of the PEOPLE?" and handed it to an efficient-looking aide and left to look up another cup of coffee. If the second panel was anything like the first, we were going to need it."

Anyway, check out the whole thing. It's a good read!

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Posted on May 20, 2005 and filed under Life, Technology.