New Hampshire City Launches Chamber-Sponsored Hotspot

Unwilling to wait for large ISPs to build Wi-Fi access points in smaller cities, the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce activates a free downtown hotspot. [802.11-Planet.com]

Unwilling to wait for large ISPs to build Wi-Fi access points in smaller cities, the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce activates a free downtown hotspot. [802.11-Planet.com]

I like reading stuff like this – towns and cities taking the initiative to install their own FREE public Wi-Fi access. Sure it’s nothing new, but what strikes me most about this small project is the emphasis on just how easy and cheap it is to set up a hotspot. No fancy equipment or expensive consultants running around wasting taxpayers money!

I wonder what the other Portsmouth (in the UK) is doing? Well, according to The Register, the marina of Portsmouth (UK) has Wi-Fi access. However, this is not a municipal-run project. Square Mile International, a wireless ISP, is running it together with The Cloud, a UK-wide broadband hotspot network established by Inspired Broadcast Networks. They are also charging for access.