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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Earthlink Escapes Contract for Free San Francisco Wifi


EarthLink said late Wednesday that it is bailing out of a contract to build San Francisco’s free Wi-Fi service. Earlier on Wednesday, the city of Houston announced that EarthLink had agreed to pay a $5 million penalty to the city for not meeting its first deadline for building its wireless network. EarthLink has nine months […]