Friday, February 04, 2005

Philadelphia on its way to being a digital city

Mayor John Street will announce plans to make Philadelphia a Wi-Fi digital city on February 9.
Neff said Philadelphia Mayor John F. Street will announce the wireless business plan Feb. 9 at the city's Independence Center. The plan will call for construction of the citywide network to begin midyear 2005 and finish by the end of summer 2006, Neff said. When completed, the network will cover about 135 square miles, she said.

"Our goal is to cover the entire city of Philadelphia with wireless broadband access at low rates so every person, business and visitor will have an opportunity have access to wireless broadband anywhere in the city," Neff said. She added that Philadelphia is on track to become what she called a "digital city," and that ubiquitous wireless broadband would enhance the city's economy.

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