New Orleans announces free citywide wireless access

| 11/29/2005

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 systems.

The wireless system, which will use hardware mounted on light poles throughout the Big Easy, is expected to be completed within a year.