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July 14, 2006

Citywide WiFi in Milwaukee

Filed under: Uncategorized — csdobbs @ 6:44 pm

This may prove to be a very good use of government resources. Theoretically, making the internet widely available helps individuals, schools, businesses expand and develop.

Midwest Fiber Networks offered to set up the wireless network for the city free of charge. And, according to these news reports, no monopoly would be established. Rather, with a stronger infrastructure, competition would be encouraged, more options would be in reach of those who most stand to benefit from the World Wide Web.

Milwaukee could be [among?] the first to adopt citywide wifi? That’s a child’s argument. If it’s within the government’s authority and can benefit the city in a cost-effective manner, take it. Attracting companies and investors can factor into this as well.

One concern that hasn’t been adequately treated in what I’ve read so far is Security. No-one wants their personal information on a network broadcast across the city without some assurance of safety.

JSOnline article

Citywide Wi-Fi Network Would Benefit Milwaukee

Milwaukee negotiating for citywide wireless network

Midwest Fiber Networks

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