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Old 22nd March, 2008, 01:54 PM
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Hopes for Wireless Cities Fade as Internet Providers Pull Out

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PHILADELPHIA — It was hailed as Internet for the masses when Philadelphia officials announced plans in 2005 to erect the largest municipal Wi-Fi grid in the country, stretching wireless access over 135 square miles with the hope of bringing free or low-cost service to all residents, especially the poor.
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Old 22nd March, 2008, 03:13 PM
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I still think the future is in the cell wireless connection. If you have cell service you are connected. And it is surprisingly fast.
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Didn't I just read that Intel invented 60 mile Wi-Fi coverage in the Inquirer?
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I still think the future is in the cell wireless connection. If you have cell service you are connected. And it is surprisingly fast.
I have a sprint phone (thew work) and I use it as a modem to the web ALL THE TIME. It's NOT DSL speed but it's also NOT dial up speed. I'd say it's somewhere in the middle.

Yeah.... phones is were it's going to be at. Also I just hear that the telco's just got that UHF band that google was going to go after. ( can you say CYA?)

Here is a ZDnet news story.

And the out come.

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Sascha Meinrath, the research director for the New America Foundation's Wireless Future Program, says the 700-MHz auction went "exactly as expected," with big carriers Verizon and AT&T scoring big wins on the so-called "C" and "B" blocks of spectrum, respectively. Now that the spectrum has been allotted to the victors, he says, the future of open mobile broadband networks in the United States now hinges upon how vigorously the FCC enforces the open-access regulations it placed on the C Block, the 22-MHz chunk of spectrum that Verizon bid more than US$4.5 billion for the rights to operate.
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Old 22nd March, 2008, 11:30 PM
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I still think the future is in the cell wireless connection. If you have cell service you are connected. And it is surprisingly fast.
We have this where I live, it's very good, but not so cheap. It's not the same tech as the wi-fi the article is referring to, which can be provided cheaply. It's just like a big wi-fi hot spot.

I can get a USB modem, tiny thing, which connects to the Cell phone network 3G a.k.a HSDPA. But, the modem costs ~$150, then it's $40 per month for 5GB of data included. If you go over the 5GB limit, you get charged ~5 cents per MB. It is quite fast - max. downlink speed is 7.2 Mbps.

I don't know how much it costs you in the USA.
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I've got an unlimited Internet package for my Palm Centro on Sprint's network, and it costs me $25/month. However, in my area, the downlink speed is in the 300 Kb/sec range or so. Still, it's not bad performance.
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That's not a bad deal, I will have to look into it.

It would be a lot better for me than having to look for a network in the middle of the desert in New Mexico. Ended up at a bookstore taking up half the small parking lot with my truck and trailer..
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