200m Wi-Fi sessions with 5m users on Nintendo DS: That's a lot of metroids. The DS was April's bestselling game unit. Nintendo offers free access in the U.S. and a few other countries to large hotspot networks for gaming purposes.
Bench-Fi: A Parisian bench has had electricity and Wi-Fi added to it. The project involves Neuf Cegetal (Internet connection), Citelum (the Wi-Fi bench), and the (roughly translated) town planning council of Paris. The bench was designed to match other outdoor fixtures. Access is free. 400 free hotspots are expected to be built in this collaboration by August 2007--just in time for the tourists to arrive and Parisians to flee to the seaside.
Southern California Edison getting close to figuring out pole access for Wi-Fi: Many other utilities haven't put these kinds of hoops or spent this much time sorting out adding Wi-Fi to existing poles. That doesn't mean it's easy. We've certainly seen how the variety of pole and the electricity fed to them makes network rollouts viable. Recall Toronto's attempt to put Wi-Fi on lamp poles that they discovered only were fed with electricity during dark hours? The utility has filed a revision to its tariffs, MuniWireless.com notes, that should make Wi-Fi nodes possible.