[Cu-wireless] article on NYC wireless in village voice

Paul Riismandel p-riism at uiuc.edu
Wed Aug 15 12:47:19 CDT 2001

Motley Crew Beams No-Cost Broadband to New York
High Speed, Freed
by Peter Meyers

"This is why I love New York," says Anthony Townsend, standing in the 
middle of Washington Square Park, holding his laptop computer like a 
butler's tray and scanning the adult playground the place becomes on hot 
summer evenings. Where else, he asks, can you walk around with a computer, 
surf the Web, and go utterly unnoticed?
As if to prove his invisibility, or perhaps to demonstrate that he belongs, 
he hoists his machine like some digital prayerbook and begins chanting: 
"Jesus! Jesus! Thank you!"
No one—not the guy playing the Ramones on acoustic guitar, not the tonguing 
teenage lovers—notices this modern miracle worker or the cybernet he has 
cast around them. Along with some 30 other volunteers in a group called 
NYCwireless, Townsend's on a crusade to set up wireless Internet access 
zones: small areas, often called free networks, where people can tap into 
high-speed connections, without cables or phone lines, at no cost.

whole article: http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0133/meyers.php

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