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Retried street-side Wi-Fi

GigaOm compares the approach of WeFi to two other startups attempting to create a quilt of Wi-Fi from the patches of consumers’ homes. Wasn’t this the original business model of Sputnik and now-gone Joltage Networks in the Wi-Fi mini-bubble circa 2002? Fon seems to have been the most successful of these so far, but I have a lot more faith in service-provider initiatives from MetroFi, EarthLink and others; even these will require some fresh thinking to make the numbers work.