Thursday, April 06, 2006

You Will Be Connected...When, We Know Not

In news today, San Francisco chose a partnership between Google and EarthLink to provide Mayor Gavin Newsom's promised wireless Internet access throughout the city. The system will run faster for paying customers and slower for nonpaying ones (a concept that Muni ought to consider).

Interestingly enough, this system has not faced the opposition from private industry that has come up for New Orleans's similar one. Perhaps they're gambling on people being willing to pay to pop their porn more pronto.

Then again, they may also be figuring that, in terms of consumer satisfaction, this government network installation will be as reliable and consistent as other ones.

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