Up until today, seattlewireless.com has been little more than an annoyance to actual community networking projects. But several important lines have now been crossed:Link Discuss (Thanks, Rob!)
* Various node lists and maps from projects including NYC Wireless, PersonalTelco, and of course, SeattleWireless.NET, are listed as seattlewireless.COM nodes.
* They are now taking money for the privilege of accessing these nodes, none of which are supported by their "organization". Interestingly enough, their credit card entry page doesn't even use SSL.
* The "company" is now making wild claims about what its technology can do. Here's a choice quote:
"Our telecommunications industry platforms, the Telecom Platform, the Village Telephony Platform and the Personal Telco Platform, allow roaming between different networks and across standards such as 802.11, Bluetooth, HiperLan, TDMA, CDMA, and 3G cellular networks. We partner with carriers, CLECs, ILECs, and telecom companies to license these Wi-Fi platform networks while supplying tools, content, services, branded bandwidth, and portals."
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