That should be the title of this blog entry, but, more appropriately, I have changed the title to “No WIFI for you!”.
Ottawa has three ingredients that should make it prime for free wifi city-wide:
- A mayor who talks about creating a “sophisticated, web-savvy city”
- ogWIFI, a non-profit group that will support free WIFI in Ottawa – Gatineau for only $50/year
- National Capital Freenet, another NPO that offers very low-cost internet
We have political willingness, nearly free support, and low-cost supplier, and yet, we have almost 7 free locations in Ottawa. Check out Ottawa compared to Montreal:
Isn’t free WIFI in our nation’s capital important? Wasn’t this town once referred to as “silicon valley of the north”? How can we talk such a good game about innovation and web2.0 when we aren’t making the rather meager investment in the fundamentals?
What can we do to organize ourselves and build a connected community?By Scott Annan
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