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Mike Temporale
03-07-2006, 03:15 PM
<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1141643034143&call_pageid=968332188492&col=968793972154&t=TS_Home' target='_blank'>http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1141643034143&call_pageid=968332188492&col=968793972154&t=TS_Home</a><br /><br /></div><i>"Toronto Hydro Corp. will announce Tuesday that it plans to turn Canada's largest city into one giant wireless hotspot, directly challenging the country's major mobile phone carriers for a chunk of the $8 billion a year wireless market. With the deployment, which sources say could be available in the downtown core as early as this fall, Toronto joins a growing list of North American cities, including Philadelphia, New Orleans and San Francisco, that have announced plans to bring low-cost, broadband wireless access to their citizens and businesses. Mayor David Miller will join Toronto Hydro executives on Tuesday to officially announce the initiative, which will be the largest of its kind ever undertaken in Canada and could undermine commercial product offerings from Rogers Wireless, Telus Mobility and Bell Mobility."</i><br /><br /><img src="http://www.smartphonethoughts.com/images/Temporale-20060307-Toronto.jpg" alt="User submitted image" title="User submitted image"/> <br /><br />Blanketing Toronto with WiFi is a great idea and I'm not just saying that because I have a WiFi enabled Smartphone. ;) It will be interesting to see exactly what the city has planned for this. Add a good Smartphone VOiP client and you could be really hurt some of the carriers.

03-08-2006, 12:14 AM
It's exciting news. Just wondering if "municipal" wi-fi compares to say EV-DO in terms of speed and usability. Anyone in San Francisco or Philadelphia has first hand experience?

Jerry Raia
03-08-2006, 07:18 PM
Hmm, I might move to Toronto for this. :)

03-09-2006, 05:56 AM
Hmm, I might move to Toronto for this. :)

You just missed your opportunity for a job (http://www.muchmusic.com/vjsearch/) there. ;)

Jerry Raia
03-09-2006, 06:17 AM
Damn! :lol: