City of Brotherly Love and Wi-Fi

By Deane Barker on September 1, 2004

Philadelphia mulls wireless society: My head hurts just thinking about it.

For about $10 million, city officials believe they can turn all 135 square miles of Philadelphia into the world’s largest wireless Internet hot spot.

The ambitious plan, now in the works, would involve placing hundreds, or maybe thousands of small transmitters around the city — probably atop lampposts. Each would be capable of communicating with the wireless networking cards that now come standard with many computers.

I wonder how high the hotspot would extend &mdash would planes passing over Philadelphia be able to connect? Imagine the security implications…



  1. The radio news this morning reported that in spite of full city coverage that they expect by 2006, you’ll only be able to access it outside. As in, the signal won’t penetrate windows. The city’s IT director was also quoted talking about using external antennae/access points to bring the signal inside.

    Unfortunately for me, my antenna would need a wire about 30 miles long in order to get their signal. But they’re laying fiber in my suburban area that’ll be ready in February or so.

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