Top of the Net

“Trident customers have the option of utilizing PDAs equipped with the SmartWorlds iShop application to scan book barcodes. A connection in the store’s ceiling connects users to the NewburyOpen.net wireless LAN, which in turn provides access to the SmartWorlds platform. The SmartWorlds platform delivers Trident shoppers features such as access to Amazon.com product reviews, recommendations and ratings, as well as a bookmarking feature to save data on favorite books.”

The Boston Globe

“A hot zone pumps up the idea by using a network of antennas to offer Internet access to an entire geographic cluster of retail outlets and businesses. This differs from other public wireless networks because it doesn’t require each location to provide an Internet connection. In a hot zone, each location is close enough to the central antenna to feed off a single high-speed line.” – DC Denison in “Somerville experiment could alter the WiFi game,”

“While Tech Superpowers has come up with a compelling business model that could serve as a future template for overall wireless network growth, Oh and his team are also challenging the old model that charges anywhere from $2.99 for every 15 minutes of access to $50 a month for unlimited use.” – Rob Wright in “Wireless for free,”

Wired.com

“Glenn Fleishman, a Wi-Fi expert and author who runs the authoritative Wi-Fi Networking News, said that, to his knowledge, NewburyOpen is the only community Wi-Fi network run by a commercial company. Commercial interests are involved in several of the scores of free community Wi-Fi networks around the country, Fleishman said, but as contributors, not as sole controlling interests.” – Leander Kahney in “Free Wireless on Newbury Street,”

The Boston Globe

“Turn on a wirelessly enabled laptop computer inside the Booksellers Cafe and you are automatically connected to the Internet through the free NewburyOpen.net, an idealistic attempt to build a free and open wireless community. A few doors down the street, Starbucks also offers wireless Internet connectivity as part of a nationwide partnership with T-Mobile…for a fee.” – DC Denison in “Hot Spots,”

The Boston Globe

“The Trident Booksellers and Cafe on Boston’s Newbury Street makes a delightful fruit smoothie: cool and sweet… There’s free wireless Internet here, an attraction even cooler than the smoothies…And the result? ‘It’s bringing my joy and delight right down to my soul,’ says general manager Neila Hingorani.” – Hiawatha Bray in “A Nice Little Café With a Window on the World,”

Boston Business Journal

“In perhaps the only example of a corporate-sponsored wi-fi network in the country, Oh and his employees built the Newbury Open Network, which provides free, high-speed Internet access to two restaurants on Newbury Street.” – Martin Lamonica in “High-Speed ‘Wi-fi’ Networking Takes Broadband to the Street,”

The Boston Globe

“This is the Internet age extension of the ‘Adopt a Highway’ program, in which corporations take responsibility for keeping a mile or two of the public roadside neat.” – Scott Kirsner in “Bringing Boston up to speed on WiFi coverage,”