Friday, June 15, 2007

Internet Observations

In the last week I have read two pretty interesting articles on the Internet, the first, based on a recent report compiled by Ofcom, showed that per capita Ireland and the UK have the greatest amount of Wi-Fi hotspots on the entire planet... just not really something you would expect.

The second was an article I read in The Irish Times about the possible adoption of a city wide..FREE..WI-FI Internet service implemented by the government. The first project of this type was pioneered in Norwich city center last year, when 200 Internet transmitting antennas were set up, effectively creating a hotspot that covered all areas of the city and gave Internet to the masses.
I must say that this would be an amazing idea, and would allow work, entertainment etc ANY time to ANY person with a computer for free. Although still in its pilot stage, the Norwich project cost a modest £1.1million so would not break the bank.

I wonder what current internet providers would make of all this though, those selling Internet to the average man, which most of them do, will be severely put out of business. TAKE THAT Irish Broadband!

11 comments:

Luke said...

would be deadly, and feasible, in effect the internet is slowly replacing tv just as tv replaced radio...

it makes sense for it to be broadcast publically.

lets hope they don't bring in an "internet liscence"

ed said...

yep makes sense and will progress technology adoption in Ireland, and certainly feasible in terms of cost and simplicity, however in terms of the status quo being changed, I cannot imagine the current internet service providors allowing it to go ahead without kicking up an almighty fuss.

Piaras Kelly said...

Actually it's not as good an idea as it seems. There's a debate beginning to emerge in Ireland about how broadband is defined. Our Internet connections are woeful compared to some of our international neighbours. Free wifi would further impact this as you'd be looking at connections of 1MB and people wouldn't see the point in investing in a better connection and thus not realising the full potential of the Internet

Jamie said...

piaras kelly's ideas are intriguing to me and i wish to subscribe to his newsletter

Luke said...

right... because future Wifi development will stop as soon as Free wifi is established...

Free wifi would not stop technical progress and inovation.

Piaras Kelly said...

It's not that wifi innovation will stop but lets face it, technology like ASDL2+ has far greater capacity than what wifi can offer. eircom's proposed Next Gen network would have higher capacity still.

You also need to factor in potential capacity issues: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/click_online/6756899.stm

At the very least, look into any economics book and you'll see that free is not necessarily good.

ed said...

I dont htink free wifi will hinder adoption of any greater technology, because the people interested in better internet will get it anyway. The real winner of the free wifi will be that it brings internet to people who had no experience of it before.

Its bringing free basic internet to the masses and I really doubt it will deter someone that was going to get ADSL2, and Mary the old lady down the street....probably wasnt looking to upgrade to ADSL2.

Piaras Kelly said...

When have you known someone to pay for something when they can get it for free :)

ed said...

yep, itll put firms like irish Broadband and clearwire, completely down the potty all together

Matt said...

mmmmm, cancer.....

Matt said...

it isnt as appetising as it first seems as itwill inevitably be a shit connection - the best things in life ARENT free - and any internet user worth their salt would still want to use a private provider, but there would certainly be a level of conveniece... once again...mmmm cancer....