Saturday, October 14, 2006

Digital city in Argentina

La Nacion reports that the Argentine City of Rosario has approved a project to install free wireless access in several points of the city. The idea will start to be materialized this coming October 27th, when during a week citizens of Rosario will be able to use Internet for free on computers installed in the main pedestrians-only street of the city. The plan is to expand the access points to cover most public offices, airports and terminals, to then cover parks and other public spaces. In the beginning around 1,000 anthenas will be installed, with a unitary cost of U$S500 each. An important initiative by the City of Rosario to be certainly praised. If this is the trend, it is difficult to see the viability of the business model of ideas like FON.

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