New Orleans officials are hoping a little Web
surfing will help lure back residents to the hurricane-ravaged city.
To help boost a slow return to the city,
Mayor Ray Nagin unveiled his plan for a free, citywide wireless Internet
network – the first of its kind in the United States, according to MSNBC.
In addition to providing an incentive for new
and returning residents, the system will also be integrated into the city
government infrastructure, including law enforcement and city permitting
The wireless system, which will use hardware
mounted on light poles throughout the Big Easy, is expected to be completed
within a year.