New Orleans To Take City-wide WiFi Network Offline

New Orleans will shut down its city-wide WiFi network once EarthLink’s system becomes operational either later this year or by early 2007. The current network delivers a speed of 128 Kbps, with equipment supplied by Intel, Tropos Networks, and Pronto Networks to help the city restore its communications infrastructure following the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. New Orleans’ IT director Mark Kurt said the city needs to take down the network so as not to interfere with EarthLink’s equipment. The ISP assured that it will continue to provide free service for as along as the city is still rebuilding.
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