Fair Wi-Fi promoters have hard time finding London venue for event that doesn't charge excessive Wi-Fi rates: Tony Hallett writes about how several hotels have been struck from a list of potential venues for a CIO Forum run by Silicon.com in London because of the cost of Wi-Fi. One hotel bragged to organizers that they'd figured out a way to identify and charge piggybacked laptop users on a shared connected.
Tropos contest looks for cool photos of citywide Wi-Fi: Winner gets a 17-inch MacBook Pro. Contest ends April 12. Public votes. Grand price announced May 1. Semi-finalists get the booby prize: a Sony mylo.
Siemens offers one-stop shop for managed Wi-Fi: Siemens Communications can monitor Wi-Fi networks--metro-scale or enterprise--and provide customer technical support, even with many vendors' equipment deployed. This kind of separate service could split the market between infrastructure builders and operational firms, or promote more partnerships between them.
Aurora, Ill., Wi-Fi stalls: MetroFi has hard time finding backbone for this network in the City of Light, an early electrical pioneer. Pole ownership has been another problem. The fiber-optic project, however, is one track.
The latest local news story on Wi-Fi squatters: This time, the Twin Cities in Minnesota. Baristas note, people with laptops spend a lot of time, not necessarily money, in coffeeshops.