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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Newton inches closer to citywide Wifi

NEWTON

A citywide wireless network is closer to reality, now that the aldermen’s Programs and Services Committee voted unanimously to ask the mayor to move forward on it.

At their meeting earlier this month, committee members heard testimony from various city departments, including police, about how the service would help them do their jobs, according to Kenneth Parker, the alderman at large from Ward 6 who has spearheaded the WiFi effort.

Parker said the city is facing a Jan. 1 deadline from Galaxy Internet Services, Inc., which has offered to conduct a free pilot deployment of the technology allowing wireless internet access for city departments and employees and for the public in parks and some other public places.

-- Connie Paige

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