Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Earthlink to build Wi-Fi network in New Orleans

Earthlink managed to land another municipal Wi-Fi contract; this time the city of New Orleans passed an ordinance allowing the company to move forward with a plan to build a Wi-Fi broadband network in the city. The service will be available to residents, businesses, and visitors.

Earthlink's Wi-Fi network will be offered in two tiers--paid and free. A free version of the network will be offered at speeds of up to 300kbps, for a limited time without advertising, while the city rebuilds. A 1 mbps paid solution will also be available.

New Orleans is yet another addition to a growing portfolio of cities for which Earthlink has won contracts to build Wi-Fi networks. Other cities that have previously awarded Earthlink Wi-Fi contracts include Milpitas, California, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. The New Orleans contract is a great opportunity for Earthlink to show how a Wi-Fi network can be used to help bring back from utter devastation a city such as New Orleans.

Read more from the Earthlink press release.

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