Every day brings several press releases about new free and fee hotspots, zones, and towns: There are plans, there are deployments, there are practically circuses with Wi-Fi elephants in most cities around the U.S. Every day brings a small barrage of press releases and newspaper articles. In the spirit of completeness and without listing every single news story as a separate item, I'll try to run Who's Hot Today? each day with an updated summary as the day goes on. We'll see how it pans out.
Tucson, Arizona: A free Wi-Fi zone built by the Tucson Wi-Fi Alliance and sponsored by an array of businesses with support from the local university and parts of city government kicks off May 23.
Cupertino, California: MetroFi charges $19.95 per month for 1 Mbps down, 256 Kbps up (hey, finally some demonstrable Wi-Fi speeds around the level I believe are plausible!) with no ISP service behind it. The idea is to provide naked final mile Wi-Fi. They also wholesale to ISPs who can bundle. They reach 75 percent of Cupertino homes. The service launched in Santa Clara.