Cheap municipal Wi-Fi coming to Philly

— 5:03 PM on March 2, 2006

The city of Philadelphia is planning to offer city-wide municipal wireless access for less than $20 a month, according to this story on EE Times. The plan is to cover the city with a single 135-square-mile hotspot, which will reportedly be powered by 700 discounted T-1 connections. Speeds should be upwards of 1Mbps, with 22 neighborhoods being given free access, and low-income users being offered the service for $9.95 a month. The network will reportedly be fully deployed in early 2007, and 50,000 to 80,000 users are expected to sign up.

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