Tucson Ditches Citywide Wi-Fi, Focuses On Areas Of Need

<p>City officials in Tucson, Arizona, have called off plans to implement a citywide Wi-Fi system, opting instead to build access points only in those parts of the well-connected city where rates of access to the internet are low.</p>
November 13, 2007, 8am PST | Nate Berg
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"The city studied the prospect of a citywide wireless Internet system earlier this year, and although most residents already have high-speed Internet access, some members of the City Council were interested in adding wireless access for those who don't have it. The wireless system was thought to be cheaper than most residential, regular high-speed Internet service."

"Because of the high connectivity here, and problems in other cities mainly involving high cost to the municipality, Ann Strine, the city's information technology director, said she will recommend the council take a different approach."

"Instead of adding Internet to many areas of the city that are already connected, the city plans to add it in public places so those who do not have computers or Internet connections can still benefit from the technology."

"Council members said it's a good way to help those who need better access but not spend money adding a new system to the whole city."

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Published on Monday, November 12, 2007 in Arizona Daily Star
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