City-Wide Wireless

1 decade 1 month 2 days ago August 24, 2006 Aug 24, 2006 Thursday, August 24 2006 Thursday, August 24, 2006 12:49:33 PM CDT in News

The wi-fi locator, a nifty little device that lights up when you have a wireless signal.  And of course, a computer equipped with wireless internet ability.  It wasn't an easy search - a lot of the downtown area wasn't wireless yet.   But there was some success at local businesses.

Businesses like shakespeares pizza and the Cherry Street Artisan provide wi-fi for their customers, and have the freedom to charge or provide wi-fi for free.

"You can do whatever you want without a lot of hassle," said Artisan customer Kyle Moylan.

Citywide wi-fi would allow users to connect anywhere, making downtown Columbia a digital district. If the city went wireless, it would install wireless access points in areas that would receive the least signal interference from buildings and trees. But would Columbia residents pay sales tax for it?

"Absolutely. I think that a sales tax that finally benefits the majority of the people," said wireless enthusiast Jarod Breit. "Definitely would be something that would go over, especially in Columbia."

But until then, the search: For access to a google search continues.

KOMU tried to talk to the city of Columbia about wireless access, but no one got back to us. Several cities are pursuing wi-fi for residents, like San Franciso and Pittsburgh.

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