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Forget finding an Internet cafe. For less than what it costs to build a small library, city officials believe they can turn all 135 square miles of Philadelphia into the world's largest wireless Internet hot spot. The ambitious plan under discussion would involve placing thousands of small transmitters around the city, probably atop lampposts. Each of these wireless hot spots would be capable of communicating with the WiFi network cards that come standard with many computers.
I think that this is a great idea. It's true that the city will be introducing competition to landline and cellular voice and data and to cable, but since when was this a bad idea? The residents stand to benefit from improved service and pricing in the long run, and from free, or close to free, WiFi access right away.