Next time you’re in the French capital, keep an eye out for the corporate executive in his beloved cafe, smoke curling from his cigarette, steam wafting from his espresso. And his laptop computer connected to corporate headquarters. The perfect marriage: cafe society and wireless Internet. Paris could soon be among the first cities to offer Internet all across town, allowing E-mailing and Web surfing from the Left Bank to La Defence. Two technology firms and the agency that runs Paris’ subway have launched a test run that, if successful, could lead to Paris becoming one massive “hot spot.” In the trial, a dozen antennas were erected last month outside Metro stations lining a major north-south bus route, allowing anyone nearby to go online with a computer equipped to receive the signals. Full Story
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