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.