Monday, September 26, 2005

Werblog: The FTC joins the muni wireless debate

Wow! Jon Leibowitz, FTC commissioner, supports city wide WIFI. It only takes two votes out of three! Right now, VZ and other phone companies are trying to get TV franchise rights. Cities that have free WIFI are enjoying significant commercial growth. America has outgrown franchised cable service. Free enterprise demands an end to taxing citizens through monopoly service grants. Citizens in 10 years will wonder how they ever did without wireless broadband. The cost per citizen is negligible.
As Steve Kay comments, Hurricane Katrina also showed us what an asset WiFi could be when older modes of communication disappear
Ron Crumbaker at highlights the importance of google as a WIFI player.
"More proof that Google is gearing up for a serious deployment in WIFI comes with the release of the Google Secure Access client.

Google Secure Access is a downloadable client application that allows users to establish a more secure WiFi connection"

Good post from Keven Werbach!