And the mayor said, let there be broadband

Grand Haven, Mich. gets Wi-Fi in every corner of the city.

The town of Grand Haven, Mich. (pop. 12,000) has turned on a Wi-Fi service that reaches everywhere in the city. Residents can sign up for broadband service for $20 a month, care of local service provider Ottawa Wireless. It's a slow version of broadband – 256 kpbs downloads for the $20 service – but it's universally available, which isn't a bad thing. It's certainly a good for putting competitive pressure on the local cable company and telco.

A few other cities in the U.S. are doing the same thing, using Wi-Fi and repeaters that can send the short-range signals bouncing across a series of antennae. It's probably a short-term solution, until longer-range WiMax technology begins hitting markets in 2006.

My business plan for San Francisco involves strapping wireless repeaters to pigeons' heads. We're guaranteed universal coverage.

 

Join the discussion

Conversation powered by Livefyre

Don't Miss
Hot Products
Trending on CNET

HOT ON CNET

Want affordable gadgets for your student?

Everyday finds that will make students' lives easier: chargers, cables, headphones, and even a bona fide gadget or two!