Paris wants city wide WiFi network

Posted on Thursday, July 06 2006 @ 10:05:44 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Paris wants a wireless internet network that covers the whole city by the end of next year, to make it the most connected capital city in the world:
Under a new plan, the city hopes to set up 400 free WiFi access points next year and allow Internet service providers to install antennae on strategically-located public property.

"We will act fast and firmly... to create the most favorable conditions for Paris," Delanoe told reporters at city hall. "It is a decisive tool for international competition and thus important for the city."

The plan also calls for slashing taxes on companies that lay down fiber optic cables in a drive to have 80 percent of all buildings within the city connected to so-called 'ultra-high speed' fiber optic networks by 2010.
More info at Reuters.