System Status: work in progress
Goal: Achieve Maximum Uptake and Sustainability
Wireless hot-spot access should be free to the end user.
No single network provider will provide complete coverage.
Federated authentication facilitates a single sign-on to various WiFi systems.
Create synergies between various established wireless access efforts.
Charging the end-user drastically limits the uptake.
Low-cost ($200-300) wireless products (like NetTop computers, iPod-Touch, SmartPhones) has driven demand from a larger segment of lower-income families and students. There is a opportunity to bridge the digital divide.
With charging comes an expectation of end-user support, which is costly to provide.
Limited-free-use differentiates this service from other broadband offerings.
Hotels once charged for wireless Internet access but now most offer this for free as a competitive advantage or requirement. Cities are adopting the same idea.
A Better Model
We feel that generating revenue from ads on a captive portal (login screen) benefits the users while at the same time provides local businesses with an opportunity to reach potential clients through a new medium. Think of it as the business sponsoring the user's session.
Keep costs to a minimum and keep reliability high by leveraging existing networks.
Extend the reach beyond fiber networks with wireless mesh technology for selected locations.