Muni WiFi advocates wants cities to deploy WiFi networks. Free WiFi advocates want to build WiFi networks in neighborhood and cities. FON simply enables people to deploy WiFi networks. Muni WiFi is hard to implement for the simple reason that it is BUREAUCRATIC.

Wireless Networks have been around for 5 years, but they fail to take off in a big way (although some have done a wonderful job) because, as opposed to FON, there´s no obligation to receive. FON is easy to implement because it is done by the people, the FONeros. FON heavily subsidizes or gives away routers for free and FON is by far the fastest growing WiFi community in the world. In Germany, for example, there have been many Muni WiFi projects under discussion, for years. Many free WiFi networks were implemented over the years as well with moderate success (FON is willing to establish roaming with all of them), but FON is deploying access points at a rate of 400 per day in Germany and this rate is growing. We can have between 100K and 300K access points in Germany by the end of 2007.

We will also give special antennas and 802.11n routers (3x range) to the best locations. In Korea we observed a similar phenomenom since we launched the FONero Promise over there. Korea and Germany are growing at practically the same rate and may soon overtake US and Spain as the top FON countries.

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Torsten on October 24, 2006  · 

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