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Published: Thursday, 9/13/2007

Citywide wireless Internet plan is put on hold by Cincinnati authorities


CINCINNATI - Cincinnati isn't ready to become one big WiFi hotspot.

A plan for a citywide wireless Internet network has been shelved, because City Manager Milton Dohoney says the industry is going through a rocky period. For example, he says leading WiFi provider Earthlink has been cutting jobs and canceling projects in other places.

City spokeswoman Meg Olberding says Cincinnati probably would have to provide a lot of money up front in order to proceed with its wireless plan.

In May, officials announced hopes for a wireless Cincinnati within three years, and the city has spent $18,000 to study the idea.

A group pushing for more free WiFi hot zones had said the plan would draw more young professionals to Cincinnati.

Read more in later editions of The Blade and toledoblade.com

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