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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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article summary
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!!!
why is it a big deal
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.
article strengths weaknesses
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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