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Rhode Island seeks to become its own statewide WiFi hot spot

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Rhode Island seeks to become its own statewide WiFi hot spot

CNN is reporting this morning on a Rhode Island state project, launched with the help of Brown University, whose objective is to blanket the state with a mix of WiFi and WiMAX transmitters. The objective is create a public access network for Internet broadband.

Backers of Rhode Island’s $20 million project say it would improve services and make the state a testing ground for new business technologies.

It also comes at a time when Rhode Island’s capital of Providence is stepping up efforts to lure business from Boston, about a 50-minute drive away, in neighboring Massachusetts, where office rents are among the nation’s most expensive.

(CNN)

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