New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has announced that the entire city of New Orleans will be blanketed by a free WiFi network within a year. This move is expected to boost the cityís economy that was all but destroyed from the Hurricane Katrina disaster.
Thanks to Intel Corp., Tropos Networks and Pronto Networks who donated most of the hardware necessary for the project, these hardwares will be mounted on top of street lights in order to cover the whole city.
The network will operate at a speed of 512 kilobits per seconds, until the cityís state of emergency is lifted, which will then drop to a 128 kilobits per seconds in accordance to state laws restricting government-owned internet services.
It's nice to see that Mayor Nagin still has the city's priorities in order.