SF mayor's tech head expects to finish negotiations this month: The board of supervisors would begin their review in January. So that's...nearing an end? Frightening. The article also notes that Google's Mountain View network has had quite a lot of usage--"far surpass[ing] anything the company expected," a Google product manager said at a conference.
Singapore launches its Wireless@SG service: The network involves multiple carriers selected by a governmental authority to blanket the nation with wireless access. The initial launch covers 254 locations. Roaming among the three operators' networks is a part of the arrangement. Basic 512 Kbps service is free; higher tiers, for fee. The government offers a list of locations, which will become unwieldy quickly. Get those folks a searchable front-end for their database! Update: The free service was originally intended to last two year; it will apparently now last for three.
Manchester to add Wi-Fi: The network would cover 90 percent of the Greater Manchester area, passing 2.2m people. It would be free, to boot. Coverage would begin across 100 square miles and increase to 400 square miles over time. Some funds are available—up to £3m for this project, potentially—as part of the UK Digital Challenge Initiative.