[Nolug] City to set up Wi-Fi network

From: Chris Johnston <cmjohnston_at_gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2005 22:19:50 -0600
Message-ID: <563ce9a60511282019r67ecd352r70965c59ea6f99c@mail.gmail.com>


 *City to set up Wi-Fi network*
  NEW ORLEANS — City officials are planning to set up a wireless Internet,
or Wi-Fi, network throughout New Orleans.

The plan is set to be unveiled at a Tuesday morning press conference next

Days after Hurricane Katrina struck, chipmaker Intel donated more than
$150,000 in equipment to set up wireless nodes downtown and at Louis
Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. Intel worked with Tropos
Networks, MCI and SkyTel to establish a network so that relief workers could
communicate with each other to coordinate releief efforts. Intel donated 50
Tropos 802.11 Wi-Fi mesh transmitters, and Tropos donated another 25, said a
source close to the deal.

The access points have been used to offer free Wi-Fi service to Federal
Emergency Management Agency workers and local government workers. The
network has been up and running for more than three weeks, and plans call
for the network to be available for residents, said Mayor's Office
spokeswoman Tami Frazier.

She did not know whether officials plan to charge for wireless access once
the network is expanded.

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