Fun With FON
You might recall that Spanish startup FON, which is backed by Google (Nasdaq: GOOG), Skype Ltd. , and others, allows users that buy its $5 access point to run their own hotspots from their cable or DSL connections. Other FON users get access to the hotspot for free; others pay $3 a day. The user can set how much bandwidth the public is allowed to access.
Now Time Warner is allowing these broadbandits to hang off its network. Consider the fuss kicked up about hotspots and municipal WiFi access by some of the fixed-line operators just a couple of years ago and you'll understand why this is a radical move. (See Philly Council OKs WiFi Plan.)
I wonder if it can last?
— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung