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County Considers Wireless Network

Associated Press News Wire (
Sun, 30 Apr 2006 13:25:16 -0500

The perks of living in Suffolk County include gorgeous beaches and
beautiful people in the Hamptons. Another one could arrive next year:
free Internet access for its 1.5 million residents.

County Executive Steve Levy announced the appointment this week of a
15-member committee to develop a business plan and a timeline for
creating one of the largest government-sponsored wireless networks in
the country.

"We believe we can be a model for developing a wireless network which
will serve residents, businesses and visitors to our county," Levy

The cities of Chicago, Philadelphia and San Francisco are also working
on plans for wireless access available within their boundaries. Only
the Chicago plan would cover more space and more people than Suffolk

According to Levy, the wireless network would benefit the county in
several ways: speedy transmission of information to emergency
responders, filling in service gaps for local businesses, attracting
tourists and giving local residents more flexibility.

The county plans to issue a proposal for bidders in December, with a
selection made by spring 2007.

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