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Chaska, a tiny town of 22,000 in Minnesota is offering broadband Net for $16 a month. That is cheaper than anything cable and DSL guys are offering. Chaska is using a city-run wireless broadband Net access service for $16 a month . “We see it as […]

Chaska, a tiny town of 22,000 in Minnesota is offering broadband Net for $16 a month. That is cheaper than anything cable and DSL guys are offering. Chaska is using a city-run wireless broadband Net access service for $16 a month . “We see it as a quality of life issue,” Dave Pokorney, the Chaska city manager who oversees the project, called Chaska.net told the Star Tribune. “At one time, people needed to have telephone service at home, and now most people want and need Internet service at home. And when you have higher-speed Internet, it’s a powerful communications tool.” Chaska.net speeds range from 80 kilobits per second to 2 megabits per second. The city has become a giant hot-spot, by using 200 antennas mounted atop city-owned light poles. the Chaska.net service reaches an area of about 14 square miles and covers the homes of about 95 percent of Chaska’s 22,000 residents, the daily reports. Chaska is leading a trend of cities offering Wi-Fi Internet access, Roberta Wiggins, a research fellow at the Yankee Group in Boston told the Star Tribune. Fifteen other cities are experimenting with public Wi-Fi systems that provide limited coverage. Philadelphia and Boston are among them.

By Om Malik

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  1. Neville Hobson Friday, September 3, 2004

    In addition to cities in the US including Philadelphia as you mention, over here in Europe Amsterdam has started rolling out a city-wide wireless network. Startup company HotSpot Amsterdam claims it will be the first European capital to do so.

  2. It seems this movement is getting more momentum, which is good because all this talk about WiMAX doesn’t make sense. this is the way to go. cheap commodity bandwidth via an open standard.

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