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City-wide Wi-Fi is promised for the event: No 3G required.

In anticipation of the 2012 Olympics, London Mayor Boris Johnson is determined to make his city Wi-Fi ready.   Johnson made the announcement at the Google Zeitgeist event in Hertfordshire.

"It's thanks to Google that all of us sentient adults spend so much of our lives grazing absently like ruminants on this vast Serengeti of information," Johnson said.

At the event, Johnson added that his goal is to make London the technology capital of the world.    The mayor is in the process of planning what he calls the city's most important project, "Wi-Fi London".

The plan will require the use of the existing electrical supply for the services.  The city will have coverage at "every lamp post and bus stop," with a router or repeater in it.

Johnson appears to have the support of most residents; so far 22 of the 32 Greater London boroughs have already signed up for the service.  Johnson needs only to convince 10 other boroughs to come on board in order to move forward with his plans to make London fully Wi-Fi enabled.

This project would provide thousands of hotspots and would allow blanket Wi-Fi coverage to people on the streets during the Olympic events as well as in the homes of local residents.   It has not been determined whether Wi- Fi would be free for residents or whether they would be charged for the coverage.

Piracy concerns could be raised as this has been an issue in the past.   The city may have to factor in the  British Piracy Bill , also known as the Digital Economy Bill of 2010, into their plans.  The bill was created to regulate digital media with the hope of deterring illegal downloads in the UK.

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WTF London?
By mfenn on 5/21/2010 1:52:21 PM , Rating: 5
First the Olympics mascot and now this quote: "It's thanks to Google that all of us sentient adults spend so much of our lives grazing absently like ruminants on this vast Serengeti of information."

WTF is in the water over there????

RE: WTF London?
By Ushio01 on 5/21/2010 2:38:34 PM , Rating: 2
boris johnson have i got news for you

Type the above in youtube and get even better quote's.

RE: WTF London?
By alanore on 5/21/2010 4:23:44 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah Borris is a bit of a 'special' person, but is pretty funny.

As for the Olympic mascot and logo, I don't have a clue what they were doing.

RE: WTF London?
By martinrichards23 on 5/22/2010 6:11:35 AM , Rating: 2
I think when that mascot was unveiled the whole country simultaneously realised the Olympics is going to be a disaster.

Surely the basic requirements for a mascot are that it has a recognisable colour and shape, and they couldn't even manage that!

Just put a freaking teddy bear in a suit and use that, at least kids would like it. Better than some crummy monsters inc rip off clearly designed by a marketing panel.

RE: WTF London?
By blueboy09 on 5/23/2010 2:11:08 PM , Rating: 2
Yea, WTF is going on there? We don't need a mascot in our faces. Nice for kids to see and look at, but not for an image. The rings were suitable enough for the logo. Sheesh! I think London has a long way to go before they can get "city wide" Wi-Fi, although they might take advantage of the camera systems that could use this system, as a means to catch "would-be" potential terrorists. And about that charge for residents for the featured Wi-Fi? It all greatly depends on how much it's gonna cost London overall.

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