Thursday, March 01, 2007

The New Wireless Revolution

On a lamp post coming to near you. Free wireless internet connectivity courtesy of Norwich City Council; shown is a receiver/transmitter attached to a lamp post. It will soon be Citywide. The downside is that it is quite slow (256) and they cut you off after an hour though you can immediately reconnect.

The future is here. The future is now. The future is Catton, Bracondale, Thorpe Hamlet, Heartsease, Lakenham, Mile Cross etc..

Not to be connected has become disadvantageous; it is one of the defining markers of a new underclass who are blocked from cheap flights, cheap holidays and even the chance to get cheaper gas and electricity. I understand that the government want to extend this kind of connectivity across the whole country. The only model we have for this kind of works in the UK is the national electricity grid or perhaps the mass conversion of the gas network from town gas to natural gas.These were both achieved using nationalised companies. It will be interesting to see how effective using private companies will be with their headquarters in foreign countries and answerable first to their shareholders.

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