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River Thames Becomes Giant Wi-Fi Hot Spot


Picture this, you're sitting on a beautiful bench next to the River Thames, you whip out your laptop and hey - what do you know, you pick up a crystal clear wifi signal so you call your boss and say, "you know what? I'm working from the river today."

USA Today reports that the River Thames in London has turned into a gigantic Wi-Fi hot spot that can be used by anyone with a wireless device on the river or along its banks.

Apparently, the wireless broadband Internet access stretches for 22 kilometers along the Thames, from the Millennium Dome out in Greenwich up to Millbank by the Houses of Parliament, and will be extended further over the next two months. Here's more:

The Thames Online service uses mesh networking technology across 100 access points, allowing users to roam along that stretch of the river without any interruption to their Internet connection — effectively creating one big hot spot. The public network is available to anyone with a wireless-enabled device and costs $5.79 (2.95 pounds) for one hour or $11.68 for a day of pay-as-you-go Internet access. A monthly subscription rate of $19.53 is also available.

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