Saturday, September 17, 2005

Washington Post: Make New Orleans a Super-Connected Community

New Lines of Communication
Some Want to Scrap the Old Infrastructure To Create a High-Tech, Wireless Region
By Jonathan KrimWashington Post Staff WriterFriday, September 16, 2005; Page D01

As crews rush to restore basic telephone and Internet services to areas ravaged by Hurricane Katrina, some executives, academics and analysts are urging a more ambitious approach: Make New Orleans and the surrounding areas super-connected communities, with advanced services that surpass what is available anywhere in the country, if not the world.

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The result, they say, could be a bonanza of higher technology at lower prices for businesses and consumers, more robust emergency-responder systems and an ability to provide high-speed Internet access to poorer segments of the population often left off of the information highway

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