FUD about municipal wifi

Dave points to a bit of scaremongering about publically provided wifi and says:

Citiwide wifi systems will make new products possible. Imagine an iPod that had wifi built-in. While you’re walking around NYC it could check if any of your feeds have updated. This is one of those things you gotta know we’re going to be doing in a couple of years, if not less.

Yeah, but even more so I can imagine a wifi mobile phone that does VoIP for free and so can the sponsors of this sort of reporting (Verizon the bluetooth cripplers are mentioned). I’d expect more of this sort of stuff, the closer that the day comes that I can walk around London chatting to people all over the world for no cost to me (& therefore no revenue to a phone company) beyond the price of my phone and taxes I’ve already paid.