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  1. Big WiFi

    brian on 2004.09.09
    at 01:21 pm

    I'm a big supporter of WiFi, preferably the free kind. I feel it's a like a digital Interstate Highway System.

    Covering parts of Walla Walla, Columbia, Franklin, Benton and Umatilla (WA) counties, Columbia Energy's 1,500-square-mile Wi-Fi hot spot is bigger than the state of Rhode Island.

    That's bigger than the proposed Philadelphia-wide one that's currently garnering all the attention. Downside? "The cost of the service ranges from $39.95 per month for 256 kilobits per second to $259.95 per month for 1.5 megabits per second." Yeow! I pay less than $50 for 1.5 via DSL. But, to places with nothing, the entry level account is an OK deal. It's biggest strength is that apparently the whole system is regular WiFi, and doesn't use a backhaul technology to shoot signals to an antennae on your house or business... you can pick it up in your car on the highway, apparently. So that convenience is worth of a few extra bucks.

    "With the old Internet, it was almost faster to drive to the (farm supplies) auction,"

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