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Thursday, June 12, 2003


"Municipal Wi-Fi: No More Free Ride"

"Municipal Wi-Fi: No More Free Ride"

"The towns of Elgin and Walla Walla in Eastern Oregon might as well serve as advertisements for the positive attributes of municipally-supported Wi-Fi. Long neglected by the telco's who refused to offer high speed broadband to such sparsely populated communities, today, thanks to wireless technology, these communities have the chance to bridge a digital divide that's left them feeling isolated and marginalized."

"If we don't have broadband, that's going to be the death knell of us ... It's not a matter of can we do it, but when and how."

The article goes on to note that "municipalities that own their own fiber can most cost-effectively deploy wireless."


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