7/19/2006

Wireless Buffalo...

While talking with Buffalo News reporter Steve Watson the other day about wireless Internet service here in Buffalo, I mentioned the initiative in Fredericton New Brunswick which is called, Fred-eZone...free wireless blanketing a city one fifth the size of Buffalo, NY. Fredericton was the first Canadian city to go wireless and Toronto will soon be the second. Here's the link for the Toronto Hydro wireless Internet project. The Toronto Wireless Users Group, TorWUG, is worth checking out if you are into these developments. And then there is the The Toronto based Socialtechbrewing Co. They are at the cutting edge of the dialogue about the development and implementation of wireless. Recent articles there include cross-border linkups with American groups.

I got interested in wireless while hanging out at the café on Elmwood. It is one of the few places in Buffalo, that really feels like a City. It actually has a pulse and is always packed with artists and small biz people working on their latest projects. Last year I posted this about wireless in Buffalo and this follow-up in March. Last June I posted this about Intel's Most Unwired Cities Survey. Buffalo ranks...56th! This would help reverse the trend.

Make sure to check out Steve's article in today's Buffalo News.

btw...if you know of a wi-fi hot spot here in Buffalo, NY - intended or otherwise - and would like to share, let me know...thanks.

update...read what Craig has to say about this, Buffalo Unwired.
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7 comments:

Derek J. Punaro said...
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fix buffalo said...

thanks...

I'm considering doing a larger post about them. One of the few issues outside of my immediate neighborhood that I blog about...

gabe said...

"I got interested in wireless while hanging out at the café on Elmwood. It is one of the few places in Buffalo, that really feels like a City. It actually has a pulse and is always packed with artists and small biz people working on their latest projects."

Wait...isn't this the part of town you always decry as being in "the bubble"?

fix buffalo said...

The cafe caters to a mix of people from all walks of life.

I believe "the bubble critique" has more to do with living, staying - state of mind - than actually patronizing a biz that's in it.

And Cole's has awesome cheeseburgers, too!

TJ said...

Google local is a good way to find wifi locations

fix buffalo said...

TJ...great find, thanks! btw, do you use Buffalo wifi? Let me know!

Anonymous said...

When you hear broadband providers or your colleagues and friends talking about "wireless" they could actually be talking about two separate things:Wireless Networking, having a wire free computer in the house connected to a broadband connection.Wireless Broadband, this is a special kind of broadband package where you can use it at home, but also in certain places when you are away from home. All you need is your phone number or pastcode to see if either of these broadband connections are available and you can check it at broadband.co.uk.