I am writing this post from the office of Francisco de la Torre, Malaga’s mayor, where we are about to announce that Malaga is becoming the world’s first FONero city (we already have FONero towns, but not a city of over half a million people). How does this work?
Well, first the city of Malaga puts up FON Routers and Fontennas in all of its public buildings. And there are many. The City Hall is already FON enabled. And so are some of the other buildings here. In these buildings, there’s free WiFi for all citizens and visitors. Then FON will donate over 2000 La Foneras (FON’s WiFi routers) to Malaga’s citizens who will place them in their windows for the benefit of their fellow citizens and visitors (Malaga airport has 13 million passengers per year).
So in the next year, visitors to Malaga will get free WiFi if they are FONeros (WiFi donors) anywhere in the planet or for 3 euros per day if they are not. FON’s model has succeeded over the Muni WiFi model that the city first considered because our model involves citizen participation, is extremely inexpensive for cities and has the collaboration of ISPs and telcos who sell more and not less broadband connections. Thank you, Malaga!
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