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Wednesday, August 10, 2005

wi oh wi

Posted By on Wed, Aug 10, 2005 at 7:45 AM

Just got an email asking if I'd seen the wi-fi coverage in the NYT recently. Yes, I saw that both Thomas Friedman and Nicholas Kristof  have written about the merits of wi-fi. There's a nice little write-up on them both by Andrew Rasiej at The Huffington Post.

Here's this interesting bit from Kristof, that I think probably relates to VT:

...we need to envision broadband Internet access as just another utility, like electricity or water. Often the best way to provide that will be to blanket a region with Wi-Fi coverage to create wireless computer networks, rather than running D.S.L., cable or fiber-optic lines to every home. So if the first step was to get Americans wired, the next step is to make them wireless.

Wireless is particularly attractive in Vermont, where wiring rural homes is impractical. Hey, if the cowboy country in eastern Oregon that Kristof visits in his column can build a wifi network, then we should be able to get it here. I know I need to write about some of the rural wireless initiatives in VT. I'm told that Cloud Alliance is up and running, or about to be.

So where does Tim Nulty's vision for wired homes through Burlington Telecom fit into all of this?

And fyi, if you scroll down on the BT home page, you'll see a link to the Friday Coffeeblogging  podcast in which Nulty appears. The BT web guy asked Bill's permission to put it up there. An interesting example of the value of citizen journalism.

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Cathy Resmer

Cathy Resmer

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Cathy Resmer is a former staff writer and currently an associate publisher at Seven Days, and is one of the organizers of the Vermont Tech Jam. She's also the Copublisher and Executive Editor of Kids VT, Seven Days' free monthly parenting publication.

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