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DailyTech has done a lot of reporting about the US cities that are currently implementing free Wi-Fi access for residents. Many DailyTech readers predicted that the free Wi-Fi service would not be as satisfying as it sounds. And those of you who said that were right. St. Cloud, Florida, the first free citywide Wi-Fi network in the country, has been running into several problems since it launched a month ago. Dead zones, weak signals are several factors that have forced residents in the city to keep their regular broadband connection.
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Another problem people were having in San Fransisco is there was an increase of theft because people had their laptops out. Increased theft of laptops as well.
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LOL.

Free internet for all! or not....
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Well lets face it Implementing a WI-FI network made to be City Wide is seriously going to take some maintenance and of course they Will run into alot of problems.
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Looks like Floridians could use some tips from these guys. http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20060420A8040.html

Also, I heard Toronto was going for it too? I may have heard Chicago as well. Not sure.
    
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Looks like Floridians could use some tips from these guys. http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20060420A8040.html

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Looks like Floridians could use some tips from these guys. http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20060420A8040.html

Also, I heard Toronto was going for it too? I may have heard Chicago as well. Not sure.
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Well lets face it Implementing a WI-FI network made to be City Wide is seriously going to take some maintenance and of course they Will run into alot of problems.

Yeah, that should be expected I guess. I really like the idea of metro Wi-Fi networks, I think it will change a lot of things in the future... cell phones and other hand held devices especially.
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i want a wireless network that runs down the interstate.....that's what i'm waiting for.....
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i want a wireless network that runs down the interstate.....that's what i'm waiting for.....
I think that's in the works on train routes...Not sure where I read it or what train service but...it's there.

The logistics of putting service on the highways I think would be simpler. Just put up an access point every half mile (or whatever distance it takes).

However I also recently read an article about how using your cell phone as a modem to get online is surpassing laptop usage in some particular region (I forget where, China or Japan I think...)

I sell a lot of cell phones, and the broadband speeds are here, just the plans to use your phone as a modem are just too expensive. Just like when cell phones came out.
    
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