NEWS: Municipal WiFi is the new hope for Net Neutrality - thinker

Discussion in 'Wireless Internet' started by John Navas, Aug 17, 2006.

  1. John Navas

    John Navas Guest

    <http://www.theregister.com/2006/08/16/wifi_net_neutrality_lessig/>

    Municipal WiFi networks could help beat US carriers and politicians
    in the battle over so-called "net neutrality," according to one
    leading campaigner

    Stanford University law professor Larry Lessig
    (http://www.lessig.org/blog/) has argued the WiFi clouds popping up
    across cites from Philadelphia to San Francisco could provide
    broadband access over the "last mile" between the internet cloud and
    users' doorsteps.

    ...

    "There's an explosion in municipal mesh networks... as you see the
    clouds exploding above the cities and people unify them, the last
    mile is solved. The last mile is provided free of proprietary
    control," Lessig said.

    Wonderful clouds exploding imagery aside, the wireless networks
    aren't taking off with quite the speed that Lessig claims. Google
    only fired up its free WiFi service in Mountain View this week -
    close to a year after it first promised to establish the service.
    And, those hoping to use the service, have to sign onto their Google
    account, letting the ad broker at their traffic. Meanwhile, major
    cities have struggled to rollout networks and see their WiFi plans as
    multi-year efforts.

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    John Navas, Aug 17, 2006
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    Rico Guest

    Do people in the bay area just never get in their cars and drive out of the
    bay area? None seem to have any grasp of reality a few hundred miles away
    from the silly cone valley.
    fundamentalism, fundamentally wrong.
     
    Rico, Aug 17, 2006
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  3. John Navas

    Guest Guest

    | In article <>, John Navas
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    | Do people in the bay area just never get in their cars and drive out of the
    | bay area? None seem to have any grasp of reality a few hundred miles away
    | from the silly cone valley.

    The rest of the world ceases to exist to them. They don't even make
    network connections outside of the valley.
     
    Guest, Aug 17, 2006
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  4. (Rico) hath wroth:
    Sure they do. I live in the other bay area, Monterey Bay. When the
    weather gets warm, the multitudes from Silly Clone Valley make the
    pilgrimage over the hill and pack the Santa Cruz beaches.
    That's why they come to Santa Cruz. To get away from reality. Reality
    is optional in Santa Cruz. We even have a t-shirt that says "Keep
    Santa Cruz Weird". Yeah, I guess they would have to drive a few
    hundred miles to see anything real.

    I dunno about net neutrality. Only a few net personalities need
    neutering.
     
    Jeff Liebermann, Aug 18, 2006
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  5. John Navas

    John Navas Guest

    LOL!
     
    John Navas, Aug 18, 2006
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