Free city owned wireless - New Orleans

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American news network CBS is reporting that New Orleans is starting the nation's first free wireless Internet network owned and run by a major city, a move aimed at boosting the city's stalled economy.

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The system will operate at 512 kilobits per second as long as the city remains under a state of emergency.

That will be slowed once the state of emergency is over — that date has not been determined — to 128 kps in accordance with state law, which restricts government-owned Internet service.

Most of the equipment has been donated which is a good thing.