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Town Explores Offering WiFi

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Sun, 10 Dec 2006 01:50:59 -0500

Town explores offering WiFi

By John C. Drake, Globe Staff | December 7, 2006

Framingham officials say they are ready to push forward with a plan to
blanket the town with wireless Internet service, a proposal seen as a
potential boon to law enforcement and a source of revenue.

But they are undecided on whether to build the network themselves or
leave the work to private companies.

That decision is significant, said Bill Ennen , program director for
the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative's Innovation Institute.
The choice of business model can determine whether the town's effort
to provide Internet access to town employees in the field and
residents in their homes can be sustained or will be just a passing

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