Community wireless

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RESOURCES: Washington attorney (Jim Baller) provides comprehensive email, links on community wireless issues

One of the most plugged-in sources of information on the U.S. community wireless movement -- as well as telcom efforts to stop it -- is a Washington, D.C., attorney, James Baller. He sends out email several times a week, and has comprehensive links on his website. To be added to his email list, send an e-mail to info@baller.com.

Free Wi-Fi doesn't go far enough

Jack Uldrich, on StarTribune.com, says that free wireless isn't enough to bring the U.S. up to speed in terms of having fast connections for everyone. Instead, Uldrich suggests, the government should start creating extensive networks that, a process which he likens to the develofment of the Interstate road system--an expensive project, but one that serves the common good. Uldrich says, "our leaders must be governed by the original words of the Telecommunication Act of 1934: 'to make available ... to all people of the United States, without discrimination ... a rapid, efficient, nationwide ... communication service with adequate facilities at reasonable charges.'"

Wi-Fi should be free

Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) internet connection should be free, Rafe Needleman argues on CNet.com. Some places treat Wi-Fi "as an amenity--like air conditioning or indoor plumbing--in other locations it's seen as a luxury," where users are charged huge fees. Needleman has several suggestions for trying to get Wi-Fi as a free public service: make it free yourself in your home and workplace, don't patronize places that charge for the service, use a signal scanner to find Wi-Fi free, and work to make free wireless internet a political issue.
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