The AP says 300 communities in the U.S. now have large-scale wi-fi projects in the works. Oh, if only mine were among them.
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The UK’s Carphone Warehouse plans to offer free broadband. [via Simon Waldman] See also today’s Times story about San Francisco’s free/paid wi-fi. There’s some hooha in there with a kneejerk story about privacy concerns:
But even before the city announced the winning bidder, privacy advocates had begun to criticize the Google approach for what they say is its potential to violate consumer privacy. Early last week, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Electronic Privacy Information Council released a joint report calling the EarthLink and Google proposal “privacy-invasive,” because it would involve “cookies” that track users from session to session to enable customized delivery of ads.
Like every single ad-supported site out there. Get over it. Cookies don’t have cooties. Without cookies, ads will disappear and you won’t get free wi-fi and free content.