The Failure of Public WiFi

Image by Getty Images via Daylife SSRN-The Failure of Public WiFi by Eric Fraser: This short piece describes the failure of the widespread plans to provide public wireless internet access. It identifies three interrelated types of causes for the near-universal failure of these ambitious plans: regulatory, technical, and economic. As the article points out, WiFi […]

Sprint, Clearwire and WiMax

The New York Times writes: A who’s who of technology and telecommunications companies announced Wednesday that it intended to build the first of a new generation of nationwide wireless data networks. The consortium includes a disparate group of partners: Sprint Nextel, Google, Intel, Comcast, Time Warner and Clearwire. The partners have put the value of […]

Whose bandwidth is being given away? Community – Whose bandwidth is being given away? : But it’s on the point of ISP terms of service that I believe Schneier’s case falls. First, he expresses no concern whatsoever about others stealing his bandwidth from his open network — “pay it forward,” he suggests. But bandwidth isn’t the only issue here, at […]

Steal This Wi-Fi

Wired Security Matters – Steal This Wi-Fi: Whenever I talk or write about my own security setup, the one thing that surprises people — and attracts the most criticism — is the fact that I run an open wireless network at home. There’s no password. There’s no encryption. Anyone with wireless capability who can see […]

Meraki proposes free Wi-Fi network for S.F.

Mountain View’s Meraki proposes free Wi-Fi network for S.F.: San Francisco’s plan to provide citywide wireless Internet access, which foundered last summer when EarthLink pulled out, is being revived by a Mountain View company that wants to turn the city into a test site for its vision of a low-cost, community-powered system. For what would […]

Will Starbucks Wi-Fi soon be free?

Computerworld – Prediction: Starbucks Wi-Fi will soon be free: When Starbucks introduced for-pay Wi-Fi in 2002, it seemed like a great deal (especially for business customers who could expense it). But five years later, the model appears old and stale and ready for a complete overhaul. Prediction: Starbucks will start rolling out free Wi-Fi access […]

Now Part of Meraki's Free the Net SF

I’ve just received my free Meraki Mini, and put it in my window. Now my neighbors should be able to see the “Free the Net” signal, and hopefully we can get some momentum to spread the network to this part of SF! Your San Francisco neighbors are building a free wireless network, and you can […]