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2008-09-27 06:00:15

By Lisa P White PLEASANT HILL -- Online junkies longing to be untethered from cords and coffee shops can head to Pleasant Hill and check their Facebook accounts in the great outdoors on the city's free wireless network. "It works great. Even with the free network, it's fast," said James Ziegelman, chief technology officer for Pleasant Hill. Ziegelman said the network has been up and running for about three months. The city signed a 15-year contract with Pleasant Hill-based airCloud...

2008-06-24 02:29:37

By RICK BARRETT Plans for wireless Internet access blanketing Milwaukee have stalled and won't be completed unless major financial sponsors step forward -- something that doesn't seem likely, city officials say, as similar systems are failing. For all practical purposes, the plans have "stopped dead in the water," Ald. Robert Bauman said, adding that city government has no intention of sinking millions of dollars into a Wi-Fi wireless system. "It seems like the whole Wi-Fi model...

2008-06-23 03:00:04

By Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Jun. 23--Plans for wireless Internet access blanketing Milwaukee have stalled and won't be completed unless major financial sponsors step forward -- something that doesn't seem likely, city officials say, as similar systems are failing. For all practical purposes, the plans have "stopped dead in the water," Ald. Robert Baumann said, adding that city government has no intention of sinking millions of dollars into a Wi-Fi wireless system. "It...

2008-06-20 18:00:04

By Mike Rogoway, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. Jun. 20--Bye-bye to free Wi-Fi. MetroFi Inc. has confirmed to Portland officials that it plans to turn off the city's Wi-Fi network at the end of the month, putting an end to the troubled, city-backed experiment in providing universal Internet access. The news is no surprise: The project has been plagued by technical problems since its launch in December 2006. Contractor MetroFi stopped construction last fall, with the network less...

2008-06-17 15:00:19

By Mike Rogoway, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. Jun. 16--With Portland's free Wi-Fi project on the verge of collapse, the city and its residents are back to square one, asking: What should people do if they can't afford high-speed Internet connections? "There isn't a good answer to that question. There's only the bad answer," said Michael Weinberg, president of the Personal Telco Project, a Portland volunteer group that evangelizes for cheap Web access. "There aren't a lot of...

2006-04-06 14:45:00

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A San Francisco city commission has selected a joint bid by Web search leader Google Inc. and Internet service provider EarthLink Inc. to provide free wireless access throughout the city. The Department of Telecommunications and Information Services said late on Wednesday that the city will begin contract negotiations with EarthLink and Google to create a widely available wireless broadband network across San Francisco. The EarthLink proposal edged out runner-up...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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