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Hurricane Ravaged New Orleans Getting Municipal WiFi

Reuters News Wire (
Tue, 29 Nov 2005 22:56:25 -0600

Hurricane-stricken New Orleans is largely destroyed and abandoned, but
city officials said on Tuesday it will soon have universal wireless
Internet service.

A free, municipally-run Wi-Fi system has begun operation in the French
Quarter and central business district and should cover the entire city
within a year, Mayor Ray Nagin said in a statement.

"We are among the first cities to feature a city-wide wireless network and
that's especially important to the recovery of our community," he said.

Much of the equipment for the system has been donated by private
companies, including Intel Corp, Tropos Networks and Pronto Networks,
the city said.

Only about 10 percent of New Orleans' pre-storm population of half a
million people has returned since Hurricane Katrina struck on August
29 and flooded 80 percent of the city.

Copyright 2005 Reuters Limited.

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