St. Louis to offer free wireless Internet network to lure business and residents downtown

The city of St. Louis is setting up what could be the nation’s largest, free, wireless Internet network in hopes of drawing techno-savvy businesses, tourists and residents to the downtown business district.

The city has teamed up with a local company, O2Connect, to offer the service in a 42-square-block area. On Wednesday, a city crew mounted and activated the first of six antennae that will transmit an invisible, high-frequency radio signal that can be used to get online. The rest should be in place by month’s end. Civic boosters envision video-gamers playing in the parks, local and visiting business people checking e-mail in the streets, and Web-surfers lounging at sidewalk cafes. Full Story

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