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Philly Is On!

Posted in benchmarks, links for community by forgr on February 24, 2008

Philadelphia, PA has it together. Check out their Wireless Philadelphia informational website and their “New users” website, Philly Is On!

“Wireless Philadelphia was created to transform Philadelphia’s neighborhoods by making high-speed Internet access more available and affordable through Digital Inclusion – the initiative that helps people who are not online gain access with hardware, software, tech support/information, and broadband Internet service, so they can begin to use this technology to improve their educational, employment, health, and life opportunities.

Wireless Philadelphia will help all citizens, businesses, schools, and community organizations embrace this technology while strengthening the City’s economy, enhancing the visitor experience, and streamlining City services.”

It can be done, and done well. What do you think Grand Rapids?

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  1. forgr said, on February 24, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    Stories and quotes,

    http://www.wirelessphiladelphia.org/digital_stories.cfm

    Vanessa Brown was one of the first people to earn a computer and internet access through Wireless Philadelphia. “My 7-year-old is computer-ready but we could never afford one,” she said upon receiving her computer. “She doesn’t know about this yet. I can’t wait to see her face when she finds out.”

  2. forgr said, on March 3, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    “Philadelphia has been at the fore of communities offering wireless internet access to their citizens. With 70% of the city now covered, it’s arguably the showcase effort among major cities in the country.”

    http://www.nten.org/blog/2008/01/30/philadelphia-wireless-initiative-new-hurdles-new-opportunities


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