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Wi-Fi and Quality of Life

Cities are planning major wireless infrastructure projects to provide city-wide wireless access. Taipei wants to build the world's largest "hotspot" providing outdoor Internet access throughout the city. [Via Slashdot]

The article quotes a Taipei city official who talks about the Wi-Fi project as not only beneficial to businesses but also to improve residents' quality of life [Italics mine].
Abhijeet Chavan | November 19, 2004, 8am PST
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Cities are planning major wireless infrastructure projects to provide city-wide wireless access. Taipei wants to build the world's largest "hotspot" providing outdoor Internet access throughout the city. [Via Slashdot]

The article quotes a Taipei city official who talks about the Wi-Fi project as not only beneficial to businesses but also to improve residents' quality of life [Italics mine].

Is wireless Internet access already important enough to cities to qualify as a "quality of life" issue? Apparently, many cities seem to think so...

"New York, San Francisco, Philadelphia and Jerusalem are among cities with similar ambitions, and about a quarter of Amsterdam is already connected..."


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