Philadelphia sets stage for 135 square mile hotspot.

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  1. medea macrumors 68030

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    I'm moving to Philly! :eek:


    You'd think that they could do that on my college campus without much difficulty.
     
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    i can indeed. :p
    i wonder if philly would be held liable for any such things. hey, that'd be good for my plans for college (penn if i can get in and afford the tuition :eek: )
     
  6. friarbayliff macrumors regular

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    That's cool. Though I have a feeling that the business hurt for high-speed providers may ultimately play into the politics of the whole thing
     
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    Yeah but in this case it would be pointless. The whole city would have access and it would swamp a lot of the more interesting local networks.

    They will still have a customer base. Businesses will need something more reliable and with a fatter pipe as will a certain percentage of users. Also people in the middle of building will need wired connections.
     
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    Definately have to agree with that - I am so tired of the slow and unstable wireless connections I'm using every day... if I ever have the option I always plug in an ethernet cable...

    But I sure wouldn't mind if my own city did the same as Philly... ;) What a service... :D
     
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    This is a fantastic idea. Fortunately, I am moving to Philly in 6 month, so that is beneficial to me.
    Here in Los Angeles, they are considering making certain parks WiFi, especially downtown. That way it encourages lunchers and those that nbeed a break to work outside at a park and get stuff done. Its not a bad idea considering we have decent weather (although hot) most of the time. Get us LA folks out walking and getting some air would help us all.
     
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    Coming from this city of perennial losers, I'd love to see Philly do something right. It's bad enough that we elected a worthless mayor twice, even as his administration was under federal investigation, but I'm not going to hold my breath. I'll just hope it happens...
     
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    Hope it can get some of that signal from the burbs.
     
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    Man, this is nice!

    I know that there is a group in the DC area planning on a limited wi-fi net near SCOTUS and the Mall.

    More cities should look into this.
     
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    I hope that other cities see the benefit is doing this. It would be nice in ALL neighborhoods, but it would mean some what more to the "economic" areas.
     
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    Thats frikken sweet.

    I wish NYC would do something productive like that... :(
     
  17. JRam macrumors member

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    That is definitely an awesome idea, cant wait until other cities follow the leader.

    Although one question I have, How are other businesses dealing with it that normally charge for wireless? Companies like Borders and Starbucks that charge for T-mobile internet access can't be too happy I imagine. Are they just going about biz as usual, still charging, or have they stopped?

    In my own town I find it very irritating to have stores charging for wireless access when there is another cafe offering it for free a few doors down.
     

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