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Tuesday, March 16, 2004


Florida: Tallahassee's municipal utility deploys wireless digital canopy

The Knight Ridder news service has a long article on Tallahassee, Florida's municipal wireless system:
"When Gary Brinkworth hears the word 'canopy,' he doesn't think of tree-lined roads -- he sees antennas, computers and the Internet. 'It's our desire that the entire Leon Country area be served,' said Brinkworth, the city utilities director who is charged with maintaining the "digital canopy." The project has provided wireless Internet access downtown for nearly two years and was expanded last month to Tallahassee Regional Airport. The system, which cost the city about $100,000 to put in place, relies on a series of strategically placed antennas that beam signals to computers with wireless capability. Brinkworth said about 400 registered users -- and a much larger number that is unregistered -- use the free service."

Tallahassee City Utilities has extensive information on the system on their Digital Canopy web site. The system benefits from the extensive fiber networks the city already has in place for its' electric utility and for its' traffic management system


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