Toronto Wi-Fi blanket still rug-sized

6 Jul 2007

Toronto Hydro, the public utility which set out to cover the entire city with a Wi-Fi ‘blanket’ network, has altered its original plans, and now says that it must sign up 4,000 paying subscribers before expanding the network beyond its existing six square kilometres in the city centre. The company said it is initially aiming for 43,000 free internet user accounts, with a ‘conversion rate of around 10%’ to paid accounts costing CAD30 (USD28) per month, but did not disclose actual subscriber numbers or an expected timetable.