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Smart lampposts that could provide high-speed internet access are set to go on trial in Scotland.
Looks like a great idea to me. Seems to be on a campus, initialy, but wouldn't it be great if it were rolled out elsewhere?
A UK company that has created wireless hotspots in stations, coffee shops and hotels around the UK is planning to launch city-wide wi-fi this spring.... ...will bring wireless broadband to nine cities including London, Manchester and Birmingham...
The big advantage I see to the wireless cloud is.. no wires, thus allowing more competition to the internet pipe coming into the house. I tried a dsl connection for a while to see if indeed there was a cost reduction over my tv-cable-net. After the taxes added to the phone/net bill there wasn't much of a deduction.
Heck... we're still getting zapped by a tax on the phone bill for the Spanish-American war in the 1800's .
And just recently the cable tv bill went up $4... which is about an 8% increase.
If tv has continually gone pay for view I don't see how the net will be free in the long run. If indeed "advertising" replaces the "usage" fee... the product price will just go up.