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Sunday, August 17, 2003


Ft. Wayne, Indiana: Board of Zoning Appeals approves broadband towers

Ft. Wayne, Indiana: Board of Zoning Appeals approves broadband towers

"The Fort Wayne Board of Zoning Appeals cleared the way for 100-foot broadband communications towers to be built at nine city fire stations. And a 10th location will use an existing pole for the broadband equipment.

The primary purpose of the towers is to allow Fort Wayne Police to download information from computers in their patrol cars by driving within 300-400 yards of the stations. Called a 'hot spot' system, police will even be able to transmit fingerprints from crime scenes. This ability will save officers time otherwise spent driving to the station to download information.

The towers also will provide broadband access for fire stations, and people, within about two miles of the towers, will be able to buy Internet service at a reduced price."



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