The Wireless City

The Wireless City

Sukumar Ganapati (Florida International University, USA) and Christian F. Schoepp (Florida International University, USA)
Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 15
DOI: 10.4018/jegr.2008100104
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Abstract

In this article, we explore the evolution of wireless broadband networks in cities. We examine the technological alternatives for city-wide implementation, and the governance arrangements for such implementation. Several wireless infrastructure technologies, such as Wi-Fi, WiMax, and Mesh networks have quickly evolved during this century. In terms of governance, we identify different models of ownership and deployment of wireless networks. Although the municipal provision of wireless broadband is controversial, we argue that the municipalities have a crucial role to provide such network infrastructure.

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