UK lampposts to get WiFi, flash memory

In what sounds like a tale from the heady days of the dot-com boom, a British company plans to roll out high-speed wireless networks and location-based services using street lampposts. Last Mile Communications says the humble lamppost can be used to provide broadband Internet access and also to store useful information about their location.

While Last Mile’s service would turn lampposts into wireless access points to provide access to the Internet, the company is thinking beyond just connectivity. It is planning to install flash memory inside the lampposts and store information about local pubs, coffee shops and retail outlets.

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