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April 15, 2005

Using Wi-Fi for San Antonio Communities--Maybe

George Cisneros, one of the panelist at the Wake Up Call conference on Aug. 9, is rushing a deadline in San Antonio "to get free or low-cost Internet access to some of the city's poorer residents," according to a San Antonio Express article written in early April.

Cisneros told the Express: "This is going to open up San Antonio's under-served communities to the rest of the world."

However, there could be one glitch. The article says

...a bill in the Texas Legislature aims to put restrictions on city-sponsored free Wi-Fi access.
House Bill 789, which passed in the House of Representatives earlier this week, is one of 11 bills around the country backed by big telecommunications and cable companies that prohibit cities from providing blanketed free Wi-Fi access.

If Cisneros can get the Wi-Fi up before June 15, the law would not affect his effort.

Posted by Leonard Witt at April 15, 2005 04:11 PM