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FON Hopes to Break WiFi Free of Fees
WiFi yearns to be free. But it's a struggle, and there is mixed news on efforts to make wireless networks available to all comers.
From US News & World Report, February 27, 2008

Milwaukee Receiving 4.9 Ghz Network to Support 15 Cameras
The first phase of the project includes a wireless 4.9 GHz-based backhaul network throughout the city’s 97 square miles. Initially connecting 15 cameras, the network is designed to scale to more than a hundred cameras in the future.
From Wi4Net, February 27, 2008

Wi-Fi as the New Toaster? Trending Toward Free
This week, a kind of "tipping point" has been reached, and now -- instead of being rented for a fee -- Wi-Fi will increasingly be given away to motivate customers to buy other goods and services.
From ComputerWorld, February 20, 2008

Michigan Counties Ponder Broadband Cooperative
Counties tentatively proposed for the cooperative’s service area include Emmet, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Otsego, Antrim, Kalkaska, Crawford, Oscoda, Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency and Presque Isle.
From Petoskey News-Review, February 20, 2008

Minneapolis Wi-Fi Finish Expected on March 11
All six zones of the Minneapolis Wi-Fi Internet access network are to be completed March 11 -- about four months later than originally planned -- although some significant dead areas within those zones will remain for a while, city officials and network builder US Internet said.
From Minneapolis Star-Tribune, February 20, 2008

Duke University Plans Record 802.11n Deployment
Duke University plans to cover its more than six million square feet of campus with an 802.11n network to provide wireless coverage in academic halls, libraries, residence halls and other buildings. The deployment includes 2,500 access points.
From eWeek.com, February 20, 2008

Broadband Still a Local Concern
If the federal government hadn’t stepped in to build the interstate highway system in the 1950s, it’s unlikely that the country’s subsequent economic boom would have been as robust as it was.
From Government Computer News, February 19, 2008

Get Ready for a Crackdown on Broadband Use
As traffic increases, experts say ISPs may start charging by the gigabyte, limiting use of some services and snooping at the data passing through their networks.
From The Washington Post, February 19, 2008

Patrick Pushes $25 Million Broadband Internet Access Bill
The $25 million bill would help link up the 32 towns in Massachusetts with no broadband access. Another 63 communities are partially served.
From The Boston Globe, February 19, 2008

USDA Invites Loan, Grant Applicants for Programs
The six programs are the Distance Learning and Telemedicine Loan and Grant Program, the Public Television Digital Conversion Grant Program, the Community Connect Grant Program, the High Energy Cost Grant Program, the Revolving Fund Grant Program and the Household Water Well Grant Program
From The Daily Advertiser, February 19, 2008

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