Philadelphia plans to spend in the neighborhood of $10 million to hook up its neighborhoods with free internet access, reports Yahoo! via AP. City officials believe they can turn the 135 square miles that is Philadelphia into an internet hot spot where anyone can access the web, either for free, or at prices far lower than the $35 – $60 a month charged by commercial providers. Hundreds, thousands of small transmitters would be attached to the tops of, say, lampposts around the city. Each would be capable of communicating with the wireless networking cards that now come standard with many computers. Other cities have followed suit.
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