The Financial Case for SF WiFi

While Mountain View residents have been living under Google’s city-wide wireless for more than a month now, San Francisco is the next (if it happens) city that will go wireless via Google. In partnership with Earthlink, the duo plan to unwire SF with a free slow service and a faster fee-based plan. But the team has been facing a series of obstacles and opposition since it was chosen by the city earlier this year.

GigaOm has a post on the financial benefit for free city wide WiFi, total benefit of the network over 10 years is $22.9m. That’s not a huge some of money and I’d guess it doesn’t take into account the businesses that would be setup to take advatage of it or the cost savings achieved by other businesses using it too. So free city wide WiFi has got to be good.

I wish Chester would do something and I’d even be willing to throw in some of my spare time to consult and help out. I’m sure there would be huge benefit here too. Just thinking of all those tourists that turn up being able to use wi-fi enabled devices to tour the city and interact with the history of the place. [via]

Rob Evans fight video ?????

Checking out my stats this morning and this jumped out at me, somebody searching goolgle I pressume with the phrase “Rob Evans fight video” found my site..yikes.

I hope they don’t know something I don’t and I’m about to appear is a happy slapping video caused by the dodgy content I write here.

Anyway..If it’s you searching for fight won’t find any here!

Tiscali and AOL units targeted in broadband shake-up

THE winners and losers in the shake-up of the broadband market were becoming clear last night as bidders began circling Tiscali’s UK division and BSkyB and Carphone Warehouse went head-to-head in the bidding for AOL’s UK arm.

Wow AOL have really screwed up in the UK if they’ve put the business up for sale. It must have been about a year back we spent some time talking with AOL and helping them with the unbundling nightmare of LLU. We put forward a solution for them, worked out a price that would but them right at the front of the market. A billing and ordering solution on a grand scale and enought bandwidth to trouble BT’s 21CN. But they walked away.

They must have seen the writing on the cards back then and decided to pull the plug rather than throw more money down the drain. The out laws have AOL and it’s awfull, it keeps falling over and the service is shocking so it’s no real surprise.

But if CPW picks it up then it’ll be out of the pan and into the fire for most consumers as the service provided by CPW under the Talk Talk brand is rumoured to be shocking too.

I’m still happy with my BT and Orange ADSL services right now thank you. [via]

Blogs About Business Travel Begin to Feel the Power

LIKE most other business travelers who publish blogs, Steve Broback discovered their power by accident [via]


I picked this up on Techmeme, it’s a great article on the influence travel bloggers are having on the travel industry. There’s a link to what look like 3 great travel blogs within the article too.

written and posted at a Coffee Primo on the M42, uploaded via BT Openzone.