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Football League Bestows Club Wi-Fi

Posted: 18th Oct, 2004 By: MarkJ
The UK's Football League has announced a new Internet access deal with wireless provider The Cloud. Under the agreement, Wi-Fi hotspots will be installed at every one of its soccer stadiums over the next three years:

Not that fans will get access, at least not at first. The scheme focuses on providing wireless connectivity to club staff and the media, but FL New Media chief Chris Eagle did say the organisation hopes to "gradually" extend coverage to stadium bars, conference facilities and so on.

Deployment has already begun with Nottingham Forest, Sheffield United, Port Vale and Blackpool.

The Cloud has its own pay-as-you-go scheme, but the company said its "roaming partnerships" would allow "users to access their networks readily at club stadia, irrespective of their chosen service provider". Clubs too can subsidise users' access, via electronic vouchers, though that service is primarily aimed at the media.


The Register reports that The Cloud has increased its overall hotspot presence from 4,300 in July to roughly 5,000 now.
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