Thursday, June 12, 2008

Can Caffeine Bridge the Digital Divide?

The power of coffee is something I strongly believe in. But in a posting on's blog I somewhat skeptically ponder a proposal -- coffee in hand, of course -- to achieve citywide broadband access by mandating that local coffee shops provide free Wi-Fi service.

It's also worth noting that Wireless Philadelphia is reportedly in talks with a group of local investors about possibly taking over the city's wireless network from EarthLink, which had planned to pull the plug on its $17 million investment there today. (I wrote about the apparent demise of Philly's network in an earlier blog post here and on the, as well as in my most recent "Futurst" column for CQ Weekly).

(Coffee image above: ShareAlike 2.0)

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