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Boris wants to make a Wi-Fi London
Tuesday 23 September 2008 14:04:49 by John Hunt

London Mayor, Boris Johnson wants to create London into a Wi-Fi city he told the radio station BBC London 94.9, today. He suggests beginning in Stratford, the site for the 2012 Olympic games. The notion comes somewhat in response to the £300 million that the government intend to put forward to help low income families who can't afford broadband access at home, a plan which the Mayor called "a bit like a desperate bribe".

"I certainly think there is a case for dealing with people who are information technology-poor, and trying to help people get online, [but] what we need is a city where anywhere you go, you can log on, you can get on the web. They've done it in other parts of the world; why on earth can't we do it?"

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London

London has already had various initiatives as well as other cities to create it into a Wi-Fi haven. The Westminster Wireless City proposal has seen the growth of Wi-Fi coverage in the Westminster area with BT Openzone deploying a network to support Westminster council, and The Cloud launched a network across The City of London in April 2007. Creating a seamless network so you can gain access anywhere in London would be a step forward, helping keep everyone up to date with news and in touch with friends and colleagues. Boris made no indications as to whether he thought the Wi-Fi access should be available for free.

Comments

Posted by CARPETBURN over 8 years ago
The raving tool also wants to build an airport from reclaimed land of the coast of the isle of sheppey. Quite what planet he is living on and where all the money will come from as just normal living prices increase and banks crumble around us though is anyones guess.... Nurse return the patient to the white room.
Posted by bosie over 8 years ago
Great, Boris has understood the benefits of Internet access for personal and business life. BT Openzone in Westminster is patchy at best and the Clouds claim to network the city area is quite frankly laughable.
Posted by aaaashy over 8 years ago
Cloud and BT have just parted company
Posted by sidsen over 8 years ago
"The raving tool also wants to build an airport from reclaimed land of the coast of the isle of sheppey. Quite what planet he is living on and where all the money will come from as just normal living prices increase and banks crumble around us though is anyones guess.... Nurse return the patient to the white room."

We live in the planet where we can spend 2 billion Pounds to change fortunes for Crewe/Nantwich byelections. Try to keep your comments non-politicised. We have enough patients in your white room.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 8 years ago
^^^ Errr my comments were nothing to do with politics, even if they were where does some fool that should be taking care of issues in london get off telling other areas of they country what they should have on their doorstep? Thats a matter for residents, their MP and their council, not raving mad boris.
A few slow people are currently praising the man, but apart from hot air he doesnt seem to have done much of anything from where im sitting, I spose he will be telling Scotland what they should and shouldnt do next and other areas he has no say or power over.
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