Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Testing one, two, three ... testing ...

posted by Andy Leff
The eyes of the world are on Philadelphia ... or at least on its upcoming free WiFi network for city residents.

After three years in the making, it appears Philadelphia is closer to realizing city-wide Internet access. The Philadelphia Inquirer just reported that the city and its partner EarthLink successfully conducted a 15-square-mile test project over the weekend.

It's given them the confidence to test the system over the rest of the city's 135 square miles. Certainly this will help local small and medium-sized businesses break out of the national marketplace box, and reach customers on the global stage.

For more of that local perspective, check out our interview with Greg Goldman and Thomas Kim from non-profit Wireless Philadelphia. We podcasted them earlier this year about what this wireless initiative means for folks in Philly.

The upshot: There's still a lot of work ahead for the Wi-Fi partners, but the end result will be worth the wait.

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