Philly city council approves wireless network plan

It's been nearly a two-year rollercoaster ride, but the Philadelphia City Council unanimously approved the plan to develop and deploy a wireless network for the entire city. EarthLink, who will build and manage the network, says construction on a 15-square-mile test area will begin in June.

As we've said here time and again, Philadelphia is the biggest test of how effective citywide wireless technology will be. There's a lot riding on this project, and the outcome will influence cities both big and small as to whether they should join in on the municipal WiFi party.

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