That’s the headline from ZDNet, reporting the Mayor’s promise of free wifi across London by the 2012 Olympics.
As the article goes on to point out, it does not say how this will be acheived, nor how it will be funded. So far, so Boris.
There is a happy precedent here in Islington. The ‘technology mile’ of free wifi along the Upper Street corridor is an initiative that I promoted for Islington – one of the first of its kind.
In an age before people could get online on their phones, we wanted people to be able to get online in the park or at the bus-stop, or in an independent cafe.
A similar scheme has since been introduced by Peabody on some of its estates around Whitecross Street in EC1.
I think this community wifi is a great idea. However, it’s exactly the kind of provision that’s under threat from the Digital Economy Act.
Having led the opposition to the Act within the Liberal Democrats, I was delighted we voted again to urge repeal of its worst provisions at our special conference on the coalition agreement last Sunday.
Now we need Boris to put similar pressure on his Tory colleagues in the coalition, if there is to be any comfort from his blanket.