The October 10 edition of Spokane's Spokesman Review carried a story about wireless social networking for members. (You'll need to buy an account to read the whole story so I took out the link.) The network provides wireless access to members, as long as you are willing to share your wireless with other members. This means free wi-fi wherever the service is available in Europe and the US, if you are a member. The service requires a router that allows for an individual's private access and secured member access at the same time. The service is called Foneros and information can be found at http://www.fon.com. The problem to be worked out in the US, since this is largely a European offering at this point, is that broadband providers say reselling their signal violates user agreements. No mention of how this will affect areas where free wi-fi is already available, such as the downtown and hospital districts in Spokane. (Yes, the city offers free wi-fi!)
I took out the link to the story because they require a paid subscription. Sorry about that. It stinks!