I have been reading articles on FON that call us the P2P of WiFi or the Napster of WiFi. What these writers fail to understand is that my whole career was built in the ISP world having started Viatel, Jazztel and Ya.com and that I created FON as a way to build a global wifi network and boost ISP revenue. FON is great for ISPs because FON pays for all the incremental costs of roaming to the ISP, because an ISP can sell an extra feature to a customer (pay for bandwidth at home have bandwidth all over the world) at no cost to them, and because when we make revenues from aliens (non foneros) we share it with the ISPs. ISPs are seating on potential extra revenue that FON untaps for them. Indeed if you are reading this and work for an ISP please contact us and we will explain to you all the advantages of making your ISP FON ready.

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Ezra on February 8, 2006  · 

They are just mad because they didn’t think of it. Have you talked to Comcast? They are pretty much the ruling ISP here in the southeast USA.

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Martín Varsavsky on February 8, 2006  · 


We are in the process of trying to reach the top managers at all the relevant ISPs and explain to them how they can improve their offer and make more money if they add free wifi roaming to their features. If you have any leads please pass them on to me at martin@fon.es


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adrian on February 8, 2006  · 


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Jan Michael Hess on February 9, 2006  · 

In fact, fon and ISPs match nicely. One of the key reasons for me to get a new fast DSL connection in my home office was to have an open WiFi hotspot for all my friends coming over with their laptops.

Many existing ISP contracts exclude explicitly the reselling of the DSL connection. Ultimately they will change this policy and allow any private or commercial reuse of their connection although it might mean that this new multi-user customer consumes many many GBs.

That’s what we call ubiquitous digital lifestyle.

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Anonymous on February 10, 2006  · 

Napster failed because it was centralized. FON is centralized. Do you see a bitTorrent-like wifi anywhere?

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