“The world’s biggest barista and a grass-roots group are squaring off in a wireless game of chicken at Pioneer Courthouse Square.
On one end stands Starbucks, which this week likely will begin marketing a paid service that lets its customers in Portland’s living room connect their laptops wirelessly to the Internet. On the other is Personal Telco, a local group of computer hobbyists, which has provided the same service for free in the square since February.<br /> <br /> From Our Advertiser Sure, there’s room on the wireless spectrum for peaceful coexistence. But Starbucks, using wireless carrier T-Mobile, is transmitting its signal on the same channel Personal Telco has used for the past six months. Neither has budged.” </blockquote> <a href="http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/index.ssf?/xml/story.ssf/html_standard.xsl?/base/front_page/102975810817580.xml" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/index.ssf?/xml/story.ssf/html_standard.xsl?/base/front_page/102975810817580.xml', 'Wireless channel use sets up turf battle']);" >Wireless channel use sets up turf battle</a> <div id="themify_builder_content-468" class="themify_builder_content themify_builder themify_builder_front">