Philadelphia citywide Wi-Fi project underway

By Derek Sooman on May 31, 2005, 6:02 PM
In Philadelphia, an experiment is underway to blanket the city's 135 square miles with wireless high-speed Internet access. With the dream of citywide wireless networks within sight, experts are claiming that many technical and business issues need to be addressed before this can really go ahead.

"Setting up a citywide network is definitely not as easy as putting up access points all over the place," said Doug Schremp, chief technology officer of BTS Partners, a consulting firm that designs and deploys networks. "There are some technical issues that need to be addressed, and cities really need to look at the operational and business issues that come with building and owning their own network."

Philadelphia currently plans to have their citywide Wi-Fi network up and running by summer 2006.

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Mikael said:
Since I will hopefully be moving to Philadelphia next year, I certainly like this news. :)
driverjosh said:
sounds awesome! now only if Minneapolis would be that forward thinking...
Phantasm66 said:
One day, every major city will have this. You will be able to use your laptop with your broadband ISP account anywhere in the city. Laptops will become cheap as hell, and become as popular as mobile phones have. They will become cheaper and lighter.
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