Municipal WiFi

In Jan 2012, the Telegraph ran a story on how Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea boroughs have agreed with O2 to build the world’s biggest free wifi network, this is mirrored at this thread at South East Central.

  • Municipal Urban WiFi at Wikipedia, includes a list of Cities with fee Citywide WiFi, in the UK, Bristol and Norwich. (Liverpool has a paid service and the funding status for Newcastle in County Down is unstated.)

San Francisco

San Francisco famously experimented with free city wide WiFi. It was started with quite a splash and I was visiting it on a frequent basis. It seems they have suspended municipal investment in the programme in 2007 and invest in more directed programme to resolve the digital divide.


Comments ( 5 )

  1. Tim Wu speaks | Well Red
    [...] his ideas with those of Benkler and Perez. While researching for the article that eventually became Municipal WiFi, now over 1Ā½ years old, I was interested in the funding and technology problems faced by public [...]
  2. What should Lewisham Labour do next? | Well Red
    […] a more modern LAN architecture, they could offer residents e-mail and 2nd tier ISP services, in my research 20 months ago, I looked at initiatives in the UK, London and USA. In San Francisco, the Council moved from funding ubiquitous WiFI towards seeding connectivity […]
  3. Ruggedising the Internet | wiki.davelevy.info
    […] point. Another initiative I discovered while writing this article is Project Meshnet. We or maybe our municipalities will need to build peer to peer connectivity, which may work well and easily in the towns, but will […]
  4. What should Lewisham Labour do next? – davelevy.info
    […] a more modern LAN architecture, they could offer residents e-mail and 2nd tier ISP services, in my research 20 months ago, I looked at initiatives in the UK, London and USA. In San Francisco, the Council moved from funding ubiquitous WiFI towards seeding connectivity […]
  5. Ruggedising the Internet |
    […] point. Another initiative I discovered while writing this article is Project Meshnet. We or maybe our municipalities will need to build peer to peer connectivity, which may work well and easily in the towns, but will […]

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