Long Beach offers ad-supported public Wi-Fi

by Schuyler Erle

Related link: http://www.80211-planet.com/columns/article.php/1571791

According to 802.11 Planet, the city of Long Beach, CA is planning to offer public wireless Internet service in a three-block downtown "hotzone" for free. The catch? You can only get access to the network via a web-based advertising portal! Is this the wave of the future, or will ad-supported wireless networks face the same obstacles as other advertising-based Internet services? (Thanks to Richard Soderberg for the link!)