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CS536 Data Communication & Computer Networks. Philly Considers Wireless Internet for All. Mike Cheng, Eric Sung, Yuldi Tirta September 24, 2004. Article Summary. Current US cities with wireless coverage: Minneapolis suburb Chaska: cover 13 mile 2 , $16/month

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CS536Data Communication & Computer Networks

Philly Considers Wireless Internet for All

Mike Cheng, Eric Sung, Yuldi Tirta

September 24, 2004


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Article Summary

  • Current US cities with wireless coverage:

    • Minneapolis suburb Chaska: cover 13 mile2, $16/month

    • Several districts in Cleveland: free, 4000 Wi-Fi transmitters

  • What Philadelphia city officials are trying to do:

    • Turn 135 mile2 of philly into world’s largest wireless hot spot

    • Total cost: $10 million, less than cost to build a small library

    • Deliver broadband internet wherever radio waves travel

    • Spend just $1.5 million/year for maintenance

  • How? Use a wireless mesh!

    • Place thousands of Wi-Fi transmitters on lampposts around the city

  • Cost to use the wireless broadband network?

    • FREE!! Or FAR lower than ISP companies with a much faster speed than DSL and Cable!!!


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Why is it a big deal?

  • Broadband and cellular providers are going down!

  • Chance for engineers to develop new wireless applications and protocols

  • Putting 802.11 into a test, is it really that good?

  • How to deal with security issue? Everything is in the air.


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Article Strengths & Weaknesses

  • Strengths:

    • Talk about the impact to commercial wireless business.

    • Talk about the advantage of having free wireless.

    • Talk about estimated budget to maintain the system.

  • Weaknesses:

    • No estimated project time.

    • Did not talk about what wireless technology that they are going to use (b or g).

    • Did not talk about the solution for commercial wireless business.



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