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December 05, 2005

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» "FON: Joining the Wifi movement" from openspectrum.info
By Rebecca MacKinnon, posted 5 December in her RConversation blog: "My friend the Spanish/Argentinian entrepreneur Martin Varsavsky is speaking on the panel about blogging and business at Les Blogs..." [Read More]

» FON: Wifi by community from Wendy's Blog: Legal Tags
No sooner do I return from ICANN Vancouver and the spotty Internet access of travel than I find blogs bristling with talk about FON, Martin Varsavsky's project to bring wifi sharing to the masses: Open your wifi access point to the FON-using public, an... [Read More]

» the fon is on from TJ's Weblog
Martin Varsavsky has a new venture fon. Rebecca McKinnon writes about it: "In a nutshell FON creates a system, using P2P principles, by which members can share wifi with one another. The objective, Martin writes, is "turning millions of... [Read More]

» Fon Anticipation Mixed from The VoIP Weblog
While some industry and business experts seem to think Fon will do well, some are not expecting wide adoption. Heres a little breakdown for you: Looks great: TJs Weblog Cool idea, enough money from Martins prior work, great advisory... [Read More]

» Fon Anticipation Mixed from The VoIP Weblog
While some industry and business experts seem to think Fon will do well, some are not expecting wide adoption. Heres a little breakdown for you: Looks great: TJs Weblog Cool idea, enough money from Martins prior work, great advisory... [Read More]

» Fon Anticipation Mixed from The VoIP Weblog
While some industry and business experts seem to think Fon will do well, some are not expecting wide adoption. Heres a little breakdown for you: Looks great: TJs Weblog Cool idea, enough money from Martins prior work, great advisory... [Read More]

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padawan

Martin indeed said that FON hasn't spent a cent on marketing and advertising. However it's just that they did not spend a dime on traditional/mass advertising. But come on! their logo on the conference sponsors list, all the tags and goodies sporting their colors here didn't come for free. They ARE spending money on marketing and ads, just differently than with his previous start-ups.

Rebecca MacKinnon

Point taken padawan.

quixote

What a great idea! When is it coming to the US? Huh? Huh? I want to sign up *now*. (I wonder what nastiness Verizon will pull out of its weapons closet to fight this?)

It's also interesting how many new developments no longer start in the US. New cell phones appear first in South Korea. Stem cell research is shifting elsewhere. Now the best idea in wifi comes from Spain. I wonder if the god-guns-and-guts mentality has just set us back, or put us out of the running entirely? Time will tell.

Mathew Ingram

Rebecca:

Have you come across the comments from Glenn Fleishman of WiFiNetNews.com, which he posted on Om Malik's blog (at gigaom.com)? He seems pretty skeptical about the FON idea, I think in part because of coverage issues, the difficult of managing such a shared resource and -- last but not least -- the fact that the terms of service most people sign with their ISPs expressly forbid sharing a network connection in that way. Any thoughts?

Andrew

Hey, what's going on? The trackback from my rather respectable blog (changingway.net) doesn't show up here, but a comment from "penis enlargement" (perhaps not his real name) does?
Andrew, aka Baffled in Boston.

Rebecca MacKinnon

Andrew, I'm afraid not all trackbacks show up on Typepad blogs for some reason... while other undesirable ones do, then I have to delete them.

Mathew, sorry for the delayed response.. been on the road. To answer your question about ISP's, FON will be building partnerships with ISP's that do not forbid resale in their user agreements.

jooe

about fon: i don't think that Varsavsky nice idea need to involve the word money (at least, when you are obtaining profit from resources other person is paying for). that's the reason why i am collaborating in a project named WiFree

WiFree is open source and is based on a fully non-centralized P2P authentication and reputation model so you can share your bandwitdh limiting freeriders. by using WiFree in your router you can be sure when you open your wireless hotspot!

there's a version for linux and the linksys wrt54g family too.

we propose a simple model: you get internet access from any WiFree hotspot if you also provide WiFree access to other users in a fair way

you can have a look and get the WiFree from http://www.wifree-project.net

have a nice wifree!!
jooe

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