Boris calls for better Wi-Fi in London


Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, says he wants London to become a Wi-fi city.

The new initiative would make broadband internet accessible even outside of London offices and the mayor envisions it should start in Stratford, east London.

Speaking to BBC London 94.9 Mr Johnson said his scheme would be far better than Gordon Brown’s £300 million plans to allow schoolchildren access to PCs.

He told the radio station that Brown’s idea – revealed in his keynote speech – at the Labour Party Conference yesterday was a “bit like a desperate bribe by the prime minister”.

The Mayor went on to say that: “I certainly think there is a case for dealing with people who are information technology-poor and trying to help people get online,”

He called for a city where “anywhere you go” people can log on to the web.

“They’ve done it in other parts of the world; why on earth can’t we do it?” he told the BBC.

In his speech Prime Minister Brown promised that £700 for computers would be given to nearly one million of the UK’s poorest households.ADNFCR-1329-ID-18794754-ADNFCR