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Digital Technologies Help Poor Nations Prosper
Approximately two in every three people in the US have direct access to a computer. In sub-Saharan Africa, fewer than two in every 100 do. Narrowing this digital divide, by giving more people access to information technology, is one of the great challenges facing governments and the private sector.
From Khaleej Times, May 09, 2006

DiGi launches Islamic wireless Internet service
Malaysian cellco DiGi Telecommunications has launched a new wireless internet service specifically targeting the country's Muslim population. The operator says the WAP Taqwa service is the first of its kind in Malaysia, offering Islamic services for the customers via GPRS and EDGE technology.
From Telegeography, May 08, 2006

Toronto Hydro Telecom Selects Siemens
Toronto Hydro Telecom announced that Siemens has been selected vendor of record for equipment supply, implementation and services in support of Toronto Hydro Telecom's plans to make Toronto the largest ubiquitous Wi-Fi zone in Canada.
From BelAir Networks, May 08, 2006

Broadband Access Difficult to Measure
There's not only a lack of broadband access in rural areas of the U.S., there's a lack of information about broadband access in rural areas, according to a new study by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
From Consumer Affairs, May 08, 2006

Google Won't Do Silicon Valley Wi-Fi
Shortly after throwing in with Earthlink to help create a city-wide Wi-Fi service for San Francisco, IDG News Service is reporting that Google will not be bidding on a project to build a Silicon Valley Wi-Fi network. The Silicon Valley effort would be in Google's own corporate backyard-and thus possibly more beneficial to its employees.
From Digital Trends, May 05, 2006

Words of Caution Greet Pre-N Wi-Fi Devices
Wireless gear makers are rushing to market with newer, faster wireless products despite the fact that the latest specification, 802.11n, has yet to be ratified. In the coming weeks so-called "draft 802.11n" routers, cards, and access points will spill into the marketplace (some already have), but is it wise to buy something that's not based on a ratified specification?
From Arstechnica, May 05, 2006

Intel Shows New $300 PC for Developing Countries
Intel has shown its new "Eduwise" portable PC, a $400 flip-open system which can run either Windows or Linux, due in 2007 for education and developing markets. The $400 flip-open systems will be capable running either Windows or Linux, will feature built-in WiFi connectivity, and ship with software which enables students to take tests, view presentations, and interact with their teachers. The systems snap shut and feature a purse-like soft handle.
From Digital Trends, May 04, 2006

Everett, Washington, Discusses Wi-Fi
Everett is looking for a way to get citywide wireless Internet for residents without spending taxpayer money. The project, which is still in its infancy, would allow people to connect to one of a series of hotspots using a computer with a wireless card. The service would likely be paid for through some combination of subscriber fees and advertising.
From Seattle Times Snohomish County Bureau, May 03, 2006

Wireless Internet Gaining Ground Across U.S.
Along with San Francisco, major cities like Toronto and Philadelphia are moving ahead with plans to blanket their city in wireless. These plans take two main avenues. Some cities, such as St. Cloud, Fla., offer services free, with either the city government or advertising revenues footing the bill. Others, like Philadelphia, provide it at monthly or per-use costs. And other cities, like San Francisco and Toronto, plan to combine the two options.
From Stanford Daily, May 03, 2006

Wireless Philadelphia Clears Major Hurdle
The project got the green light from the city's technology and information services and public property and public works committees and is now headed for a vote before City Council. The Council is expected to approve the Wi-Fi initiative as early as next week.
From Associated Press, May 03, 2006

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