Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Chicago to become WiFi city

Chicago, being one of the largest city in US, has hundreds of Wi-Fi hotspots in places like coffee shops, bookstores and libraries, where anyone can walk in, sit down and connect to the Web. Hoping to extend that wireless blanket to all 228 square miles, the city plans to ask technology companies this spring to submit proposals for the project.

If all goes smoothly, the system could be running as soon as 2007. That would certainly leave the city behind Philadelphia, which hopes to have its entire system in place late this year or early next year. But the size of a Chicago network would dwarf Philadelphia's planned 135-square-mile network or anything now in place.

Cities besides Philadelphia that have put Wi-Fi projects out for proposals in the last four months alone include Portland, Oregon; San Francisco, Anaheim, Pasadena and Long Beach, California; Denver and Aurora, Colorado; Minneapolis; Milwaukee; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Pittsburgh; Arlington, Virginia; and Brookline, Massachusetts.

The full story can be obtained here.

It would be nice if the whole Bandar Sg Long and Bandar Mahkota Cheras can be a WiFi-enabled 'city' where we can access Internet from everywhere including from our rooms, houses, shops, classrooms, restaurants and etc for just a minimal fee each month.
How about major towns and cities in Malaysia being 'WiFi-enabled"?

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