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Monday, December 04, 2006

Manchester becomes a wi-fi city

Manchester is leading the way in becoming a wi-fi city.

The Digital Development Association is determined to make the city of 2.2.m the largest free wi-fi hotspot in the country. Initially 100 square miles will be covered rising to 400 sq miles.

The ambition is to compete internationally: better infrastructure more investment. The UK's second city will certainly be first in more things than football and music.

Full story on the BBC

1 Comments:

Blogger Tom said...

Interesting one this. Reading the RFI ,it doesn't specify Wi-Fi at all. Although that is clearly the assumed technology solution, it isn't necessarily the right one. For example, why build a new WiFi network that covers 2.2sqm when there is already a mobile phone network that covers the whole region/country/world?

There's also the question of who should pay for it. Is there sufficient economic/social benefits for this to be publicly funded, or is it a service that consumers/businesses ought to pay for?

Might be a theme I pick up here.

7:52 AM

 

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