Did I say pennies? What I meant was twenties. Yeah. Sorry about that.
But all humor aside, I am a bit ticked off about something here. I hail originally from Philadelphia and it will always be my home to an extent. About 3 years ago, I had a photo taken of me by an AP reporter. He explained that it was for a story he was doing on a new wireless Internet initiative going on in Philadelphia. I would later find out it was part of the now-defunct Wireless Philadelphia project.
It turns out that part of the reasoning behind the project”s failure was concerns about cost and being able to broadcast an 802.11b/g signal across the entire city. Understandable, right? Seems like a genuine concern.
What a crock of bullshit. HD Communications apparently announced a 5-mile WiFi bridge, the HD26200, for the insanely low cost of $318 a box. It comes with integrated antennas and can bridge both 802.11b and g networks. Oh and get this shit: it’s powered via a fucking CAT-5 cable. That’s right. You don’t even need an external power supply. Plug it in and it’s broadcasting your WiFi connection all around the city.
So this $318 “miracle bridge” is available now. Why isn’t Philadelphia picking up like, 20 of these and making their network a reality? What is the issue here? What city planner fucked up big time? These are the things I’d love to know. All I know is that Philadelphia got screwed over and no one is doing anything about it.