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2008-12-13 08:00:00

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is expected to vote December 18 on a plan to auction off the AWS-3 wireless spectrum that will be freed up in February when television stations shift to all digital broadcasts.  The commission would require the auction's winner to use part of the spectrum for a national, ad-supported free wireless Internet service. The no-cost Wi-Fi service would have to be up and running within a few years of the auction, and the winning company would be...

2008-09-11 15:00:15

Internet services provider EarthLink has introduced a new high-speed cable broadband service in the Dallas and North Texas markets. According to EarthLink, its high speed internet service features eight e-mail addresses that incorporate free web space, website publishing tool and a customizable myEarthLink Start Page; web Mail which allows members to access their EarthLink e-mail from anywhere; advanced mail features including challenge or response functionality that eliminates all spam and...

2008-09-10 09:00:19

ATLANTA, Sept. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Residents in Los Angeles now have EarthLink as a choice for high-speed Internet service. EarthLink, Inc. has expanded its Internet cable broadband footprint in the Los Angeles area and estimates this expansion covers more than four million additional households, giving EarthLink one of the largest high-speed Internet footprints in Los Angeles. "Residents of Los Angeles who want the higher speeds of cable broadband Internet can now turn to...

2008-08-17 18:00:18

By Aaron, Craig "When Mayor John Street announced plans to make Philadelphia the nation's first major "wireless city" back in the fall of 2004, the press couldn't get enough. "Forget cheese steaks, cream cheese, and brotherly love," declared The New York Times. "Philadelphia wants to be known as the city of laptops." Philadelphia's goal to cover 135 square miles with a cloud of Internet connectivity was ambitious. But the need was undeniable. High-speed Internet access was fast becoming an...

2008-07-30 12:00:31

Rainbow Broadband, the leading provider of broadband connectivity to the New York business community, is supplying downtown building owners with WiMAX technology, attracting bandwidth-hungry businesses to commercial spaces, previously occupied by low-tech industrial businesses. "As some of our low-tech tenants moved away - woodworkers, garment makers, etc. - we realized that we had the spaces that high-tech businesses and start-ups desired. However, because most of our buildings are almost,...

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...

2008-06-18 09:00:26

Network Acquisition Company, LLC (NAC), the company that acquired the former EarthLink Wi-Fi network in the City of Philadelphia, today provided additional information on the status of the network and business opportunities moving forward. The transaction closed on Monday, June 16, 2008. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. NAC founders include Derek Pew, Mark Rupp, and Richard Rasansky. NAC is a private company and does not have any affiliation with Wireless Philadelphia or the City...

2008-06-18 06:00:10

By Patrick Kerkstra, The Philadelphia Inquirer Jun. 18--The last-minute rescue of the city's wireless network by a group of local investors yesterday means that free outdoor Internet access is now available to all Philadelphians. At least in theory. In practice, the wireless network that EarthLink Inc. transferred to the as-yet-unnamed local company is slow, has spotty coverage, and is highly unreliable. And the local investors know it. "We're not anywhere near close to delivering a...

2008-06-17 18:00:00

Free outdoor wireless service is now available throughout most of Philadelphia, courtesy of a stunning deal concluded late yesterday that transferred Earthlink's Philadelphia network to a new company created by local investors. The new company, which has yet to choose a name, will offer free WiFi access to whoever can pick up the old Earthlink signal, which is typically available outdoors or near a doorway or window. The company hopes to lure paying business and institutional subscribers,...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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