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Friday, February 9, 2007

Cyber-Newton a step closer

NEWTON

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Newton is one step closer to citywide wireless internet after having received proposals from two companies eager to set it up, Homeland Security Wireless of Falmouth and Galaxy Internet Services of Newton.

The winner, after receiving necessary city approvals, will set up a pilot program of two hot spots, one of which will be Newton Centre. Once the technological kinks are worked out, the company will wire the entire city.

When fully installed, the service will be for private individuals and companies, with the cost to subscribe yet to be set. City workers will use the service, too, ranging from police on patrol accessing photos of suspects to meter readers tracking water use.

Alderman Kenneth Parker, who pushed hard for the initiative and is on the committee that will decide between them, said it was too early to provide a timeline for when the service would be available.

-- Connie Paige

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