Boris Johnson promises London-wide wi-fi for the Olympics

Darren Allan

May 19, 2010

Good old Boris has been making speeches again, and this time managing to avoid offending entire counties with dubious comments.

Speaking at a Google organised event, the mayor of London promised that the city would have blanket wi-fi coverage in time for the 2012 Olympics.

The idea is that every lamppost and every bus stop will be set up with a wireless broadband hotspot.

So people queueing for buses everywhere, or people leaning on street lights waiting for certain little ladies to come by, will be able to surf the net on their phone, tablet or laptop while they wait. Or email the little lady in question and ask her where the hell she is.

It’s an ambitious plan, and one that could have far reaching effects for visitors to the Olympics, but more particularly Londoners, who wouldn’t have to worry about the quality of their 3G network any more.

According to a BBC report, twenty-two London boroughs have already signed up for this scheme, with more to follow.

There is some speculation on the net as to whether or not such a scheme would charge for its wi-fi access. Although that being the case, it would seem much less of a boon.






 

Comments in chronological order (3 comments)

  1. Mark says:

    How much will it cost to access?

  2. Darren Allan says:

    That’s not known at this point, it’s mere speculation about whether there will be a charge or not currently…

  3. OPENMINDS FOUNDATION says:

    Do we not have existing exceisive amount of electro-magnetic multi-frquency microwave radiation emissions ” POLLUTION” that is not allowed INDEPENDENT MONITORING BY LOCAL COMMUNITIES, ON HEALTH AND SAFETY GROUNDS, AND THE SAR’S (SPECIFIC ABSORPTION RATE), REGARDING WHOLE BODY EXPOSURE TO THE CURRENT MOBILE PHONE MASTS TO WHICH THERE IS NO CHOICE, IN THE “DEMOCRACY”? WE ARE TOLD EXISTS ?
    FOR “BETTER FOCUS” BY THE MAYOR MR. BORIS JOHNSON

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