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Boston proposes non-proft Wi Fi

Aims for citywide coverage
Tue Aug 01 2006, 07:58
THE CITY OF BOSTON in Massachusetts, not England is hoping to raise the $16 million to $20 million it reckons it needs to build a city-wide Wi Fi network by putting a non-profit making organisation in charge.

The City reckons that's the best way to stop vested interests from influencing how the network is built. The actual non-profit making organisation hasn't been identified yet.

The aim is to provide Wi Fi coverage for all of Boston's 590,000 residents spread across 49 square miles. According to the Washington Post no major US city currently offers a citywide service.

That's something that cellular's critics fail to mention. Sadly, Boston hasn't said when it actually thinks the network will be built an operational by.

On the plus side, the city is hoping that the network's existence will help to reduce the cost of broadband Internet access for its residents down from approximately $40 a month to $15 a month. µ

Washington Post


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