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What is Municipal Wireless Network

Handbook of Research on Strategies for Local E-Government Adoption and Implementation: Comparative Studies
Initiative undertaken by local governments to provide its citizens with universal broadband Internet access via wireless means, such as Wi-Fi technology. Such projects, as undertaken in the United States, are usually financed through partnerships between public and private interests to provide some form of subsidized Internet access.
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Accessibility Issues in Municipal Wireless Networks
Paul M.A. Baker (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA), Avonne Bell (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA), and Nathan W. Moon (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-282-4.ch030
This chapter presents the results of an examination of the current state of U.S. municipal wireless network design and policies with regards to people with disabilities. A survey and comparative analysis was undertaken of a sample of 48 municipalities to ascertain, (1) the accessibility of municipal wireless networks, and (2) the impact of external policy instruments, in this case the U.S. Department of Justice’s Project Civic Access (PCA), on network accessibility. Results suggest that the existence of external accessibility policy mechanisms, while positively associated with some sensitivity towards disadvantaged populations, does not seem to extend general awareness to individuals with disabilities. The authors conclude that although these cities have entered into accessibility compliance agreements, they are not necessarily going beyond the specific scope of the agreement, and they often overlook components of the “digital divide” within their communities.
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