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Wednesday December 8, 2004 10:47 am

Coming Soon: City-Wide WiFi

Posted by Hector Martinez Categories: Wireless / WiFi

WiFi  I wish I lived near Philadelphia again, and I don’t mean just for the cheesesteak.  It seems that city officials are gearing up some $10 million to install a city-wide WiFi network that will be either free or “very low cost.”  Other cities have already launched similar, but more limited offerings.  As with any good development, this CNN article makes sure the “naysayer” voices his objections.  Derek Kerton, founder of a wireless consulting firm, argues that a city-wide WiFi would interfere with other local WiFi spots and frequencies from items like microwaves, baby monitors, and cordless phones.  I guess time will tell, but I have more faith that things can iron themselves out over time.

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You don’t have to live in Philly. I work for a smallcity in Virginia, and we’re gearing up for the same sort of thing. We’re creating a three-tiered network: one tier for public safety, including secured access to police/fire/rescue resources; one tier for city intranet access including such prosaic things as meter-reading and GIS; and a third tier for public access to the internet, which we’ll probably send out at low cost. We’re a city of only about 10,000 souls, but we’re out to prove that you don’t have to live in the big metropoli to have a great quality of life and access to the cool. Up the revolution smile

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