“Where’s the beef?” That’s how NYC Wireless‘ Anthony Townsend responds to last week’s announcement that three tech giants were building their own nationwide Wi-Fi wireless network in the US. The tech alliance has now made two announcements, each getting lavish New York Times coverage, the first in November called ‘Project Rainbow’ with Toshiba instead of IBM. Last week’s announcement even appropriated specific language from a Townsend interview about placing a hotspot within a five-minute walk of the population. Townsend: “My friends and I, we sit around every week and talk about setting up a nationwide network, but when are they going to do it? I think it would have been more newsworthy and more convincing had they actually launched some portion of that network . . . it’s going to be at least a year before you see them deploy any amount of hotspots.” Click ‘read more’ for the full interview.