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Old 07-05-2006, 3:31 AM
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Philadelphia WI-FI Nears Approval

I found this news in one of Ezine that I subscribed to:

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Philadelphia WI-FI Nears Approval

Philadelphia's long-debated citywide wireless network is on the
verge of having final approval, after which implementation of
the network is expected to begin within a few weeks.

The network has raised a range of objections since it was
initially proposed, and supporters of the effort have had to
make a number of changes and concessions. A city council
committee, which was the last step before a vote by the full
city council, demanded that language be added to ensure
EarthLink will use contractors who work with minorities, women,
and people with disabilities. In addition, Wireless
Philadelphia, the nonprofit that will oversee the network, will
have a larger board than originally planned, with broader
representation from the city council and from various municipal
offices.

The full city council is expected to approve the deal, at which
time EarthLink will begin installing wireless transmitters on
4,000 utility poles owned by the city. The network, which will
charge a lower rate to poor users, is expected to be finished in
18 months.

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Note: It is good that the charge for poor users are lower than normal. I wonder how they set the limit of being a 'poor' mobile phone user...
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