Free wireless in Silicon Valley

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By Frank Barnako
From the MarketWatch website (can’t find the direct link – no easily visible search on the site!!)

WASHINGTTON (MarketWatch) – MetroFi Inc. is offering free wireless broadband service in a 25-square-mile area including Cupertino, Sunnyvale and Santa Clara, Calif., the heart of Silicon Valley. The company will support itself through advertising.

“Customers will be shown a banner advertisement,” MetroFi said in a news release. “Local businesses can take advantage of the local and regional nature of the network by providing links to their Web site, coupons, or announcements to those that are guaranteed to be near their establishment.”

Chuck Haas, CEO of the venture-capital-funded company, which was started by former Covad executives, said customer-acquisition costs are a business’s biggest expense. If you eliminate that, it’s cheaper to offer free service.

“We’ve broken the code on how to fund this network with advertising,” he told Wi-Fi Networking News.

Meanwhile, the city of Philadelphia has completed negotiating a 10-year contract under which EarthLink Inc. earthlink inc comwill build a wireless service and offer city residents low-cost Wi-Fi.

EarthLink will charge Internet-service providers a wholesale rate of $9 a month, and they will resell service to consumers, according to the Associated Press. The city council will assess the contract next month, and citywide access could be available within two years.

Newsvine Blog

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_ blog.newsvine.com – Newsvine Blog

Looks pretty interesting, although not yet sure if it’s something that will become a regular member of my “staying on top of all this technology and news shite” arsenal…

It does make me wonder whether this was created by techies with an idea, or people trying to scratch an itch – ‘cos as far as I can see, they haven’t really communicated what value Newsvine brings to me, and ths why I should use it over other stuff like Digg or Del.icio.us…

Your opinion?

Also – just sent a bunch of invites to friends – let me know if you want one to and I’ll do the necesary…

InternAfrica

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_ InternAfrica » Mission Statement

InternAfrica is a Not-for-profit organisation which has been created to ensure Africans the right to dignity and adequate housing through the secure ecologically sustainable development and use of natural resources, while promoting justifiable economic and social development.

Our goal is to uplift communities both rural and urban, through hands-on do-it-yourself approach.

More on housing in South Africa – respect that more (South) Africans are getting online and talking about what they’re doing…