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The Mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoë, believes in giving free access to the Internet and wants to push development of a city wide telecom network. His intentions were first reported in Nouvel Observateur, quite a serious newspaper. James Enck says, “The article refers to a city-wide […]

The Mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoë, believes in giving free access to the Internet and wants to push development of a city wide telecom network. His intentions were first reported in Nouvel Observateur, quite a serious newspaper. James Enck says, “The article refers to a city-wide network, and also seems to suggest that the Mayor has aspirations of offering free narrowband internet access and local telephony to residents of more modest economic means.”

The city has apparently launched a tender for the construction of this network, as per translation of the French language original. Instead of going for ADSL technologies, the city wants to build a fiber network. It is amazing to read this bit of news emailed by a dear friend, because France is one of the most competitive broadband markets in the world already. Folks like Free are simply changing the game in that country. Rodrigo recently pointed to me his latest post where Free has launched free TV streaming to the PC for its subscribers. “I guess now we are starting to see why we need high bandwidth in this country,” he writes.

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  1. How Expensive is Free?

    Fred Wilson praises the mayor of Paris that wants free WiFi for all . How expensive is this “Free” actually ? How mach is the cost of breaking the free market by building government monopoly? And is it less expensive to pay for WiFi th…

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  2. [...] Om Malik says the Mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoë, wants to push development of a city wide telecom to deliver free access to the Internet: His intentions were first reported in Nouvel Observateur, quite a serious newspaper. James Enck says, “The article refers to a city-wide network, and also seems to suggest that the Mayor has aspirations of offering free narrowband internet access and local telephony to residents of more modest economic means.” [...]

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  3. we should (and can) do it too!

    Fred Wilson posted a link to an article by Om Malik about the Mayor of Paris wanting free wireless access for all.  I lived in Paris for about a year, and I was blown away by how much more reliable (not to mention clean!) the Paris Metro system is com...
    
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  4. Maybe free wifi by Yahoo in Paris like Google in Mountain view?

    By anyway Yahoo Link (= free wifi) soon in Paris via hotels like Sheraton: check http://blog.searchenginewatch.com/blog/060109-133346

    (or my blog if you read french at http://media-tech.blogspot.com/2006/01/yahoo-link-avec-sheraton-plus-malin.html)

    regards from France

    didier

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  5. Lying startups outed (and I see tiny things)

    In today’s IT Blogwatch, we look at the lies entrepreneurs use. Not to mention a big "hello" to Daniel J. Geduld, who is blogging from his digital microscope…

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  6. [...] A few days ago I pointed out that Mayor of Paris was looking to get a fiber network rolled out in the city. Now there is word that France Telecom will soon start testing a “very high speed” data offering in six districts in Paris and six cities in Hauts-de-Seine using Fiber to the Home (FTTH) technology. And it could happen before the summer of 2006. [...]

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  7. [...] A few weeks after Mayor of Paris decided that the city needed a fiber network for universal Internet access, the city of Vienna (Austria) has announced similar plans, according to Heise.de, a German tech news publication. The city will try and get fiber connections to about 960,000 households, and hopes that the work for first 50,000 home pilot will start in February, with likely connections by this summer. The city is said to be in talks with real estate owners, the report says. The network which will be IPv6 ready will be looking to provide one gigabit per second connections. This is a trend started by folks in Amsterdam, and is clearly gaining momentum across Europe. (Hat Tip, Dirk!) [...]

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  8. [...] The AP is reporting the latest on Philadelphia’s deal with EarthLink to provide municipal wireless broadband. I’m in favor of the notion of “Internet for all,” but am not convinced that this makes sense. Arguments against muni-wifi include worries that government intervention will harm commercial investment. Furthermore, Philly city government does not have the best record for business relations. In Philadelphia, EarthLink will own the network and charge a wholesale rate of $9 a month to Internet service providers that would then resell access to the public, according to Dianah Neff, the city’s chief information officer.The contract doesn’t specify the monthly rate that would be charged to consumers, but Neff said the wholesale price is low enough to enable ISPs to offer low-cost services. City officials had been trying to keep the monthly price to $20 or less.The contract will go before the City Council for approval in February. Construction should start right after the contract is signed. EarthLink will build the network initially over a 15-square-mile area in Northeast Philadelphia to prove the system will work, Neff said. If successful, citywide access could be turned on by spring 2007.EarthLink also will pay the city and Wireless Philadelphia, the nonprofit handling the project, a fee to mount equipment on city infrastructure, such as lamp posts. [...]

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  9. [...] GigaOm [...]

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  10. [...] a good rep). His latest effort, after launching a progressive bike rental program and an attempt to bring free wifi to the entire city, is a new electric car rental service called Automobiles-en-Libre-Service. As is [...]

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