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City of Water (and WiFi)

July 6, 2009
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this is now just one big router

this is now just one big router

Venice, the storied Italian city of canals and romance will now be known for another reason; mobile accessibility. The city has invested about $15m into a WiFi system that will be free to residents, and $7/day to those of us who prefer to live in cities with streets made of concrete. With over ten thousand kilometers of fiber-optic cables laid to accommodate the (up to) 100Mbit/sec connection, Venice is showing up major cities around the world (apart from San Francisco, Singapore and Stockholm, apparently), and perhaps suggesting that like train tracks and interstates, the burden of bringing mass communication to people in this century should perhaps be on the government if we ever want to see it done. If only we were in some sort of recession that would bring about government stimulus projects. Oh, yeah…

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