Counties Collaborating On Plans For Wireless Zone

Camden and Gloucester Counties in New Jersey are considering deploying a two-county WiFi zone that would serve over 800,000 people. Politicians from both counties believe building a wireless network makes sense because of the need and their geography, which is characterized by flat land without many big buildings interfering with wireless signals. Louis Capelli Jr., the freeholder director, or top elected official, in the Camden County government expects increased Internet access in the City of Camden, which is considered to be the poorest city in the U.S.

Gloucester County freeholder director Stephen M. Sweeney believes the introduction of WiFi would force high-speed Internet companies to improve their service or reduce their fees. Sweeney said the counties are ready to fund the feasibility study, both having earmarked $125,000 for the activity. The government, according to him, will not subsidize the proposed service and will leave the responsibility of financing the development of the network to the provider.

Comcast spokeswoman Beth Bacha said the company is not worried about Wi-Fi zones as these are unlikely to deliver the same speed as cable Internet.
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