Sunday, April 30, 2006

Rhode Island embarks on statewide wireless

"The project is being funded by public and private sources, and once fully operational, users would pay $20 per month or a membership fee based on annual usage, said Saul Kaplan, acting executive director of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, a partner in the project...... A study by the Rhode Island-based Business Innovation Factory, a private, nonprofit organization that launched RI-WINs in 2004, estimated the annual cost to operate the network at $5 million." The state is using it to gain an economic advantage over Boston. [The days of selling just connectivity in RI are almost over].

While more cities are interested in becoming wireless, "there's no groundswell of consumer support for it," said Dave McClure, president of the U.S. Internet Industry Association (USIIA), which represents Internet companies.

And besides anything McClure is against must be bad for the Big Boys, since he is their talking head. I still want to know what Internet companies he represenst.

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