I’ve been trying to get caught up on some of my Podcast viewing/listening lately. One of the more interesting topics was that of municiple Wi-Fi, and whether there was any future for it still. This particular podcast, Cranky Geeks, is based in the USA, and I suspect that country has far greater municipal Wi-Fi penetration than we do in Canada. But I also know that the city of Fredericton, just up the road an hour or so, has their Fred-e-zone… so we’re not completely in the dark about municipal Wi-Fi.
I’ve never used the Fredericton Wi-Fi, so I can not say how well it works. I know that the concept of free wireless internet service is definitely something that is appealing, but the technical realities must be daunting. I can’t imagine the headaches that city planners have to deal with.
So what happened to the plan to cover cities with free wireless internet? I still find searching for a public hotspot to be a challenge. Maybe in a larger city it might be easier, but this podcast seemed to give the impression that the municipal Wi-Fi idea was a bust. That it was not being rolled out where it had originally been planned, and where it HAS been implemented, it was a met with disappointing results.
Has anyone ever used one?