Toronto Hydro to offer blanket Wi-Fi coverage
Toronto Hydro Telecom unveiled an ambitious plan Tuesday to turn Toronto into a "Wi-Fi hotspot" that would allow people to hook up to the internet from almost anywhere in the city.
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"The new Wi-Fi zone will be fully in place by the end of 2006, making downtown Toronto a communications hotspot," predicted Toronto Hydro's chairman Clare Copeland at the media conference.
Great for the cityUniversity of Toronto sociology professor Barry Wellman said Wi-Fi was a great fit for a city the size of Toronto.
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Toronto is following the lead of several American centres by providing blanket service across the entire city.
Rogers, Bell and Telus offer limited wireless internet in coffee shops, airport lounges and select other places.
The plan for Toronto Hydro is to install wireless equipment on hydro poles and traffic lights, with equipment connecting to the internet via the utility's network.