Minneapolis gets award for city-wide wireless

The Minneapolis city-wide wireless internet program will be honored Friday by the National League of Cities.

The public-private partnership — Wireless Minneapolis — will get a Silver Award for Municipal Excellence at the League’s annual convention in Denver.

Working with US Internet Wireless, the city program offers low-cost internet service throughout all 59 square miles of the city.

Donald J. Borut, NLC executive director, said: “Minneapolis’s program has improved the quality of life for all citizens by developing a creative solution to a pressing local problem.”

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak is proud: “Being a wireless city is important, but we have to be a wireless city for everyone. The internet is no longer a luxury or curiosity. It is essential to success — for students, for businesses, for government, for anyone,” he said.

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Pat McGee on 11/29/2010 - 02:16 pm.

    What a joke! Wireless Minneapolis doesn’t work and no self-respecting city department will use it. Neither will most citizens. How anyone can say all citizens benefit from it is beyond me.

  2. Anonymous Submitted by Anonymous on 11/30/2010 - 09:29 am.

    Pat McGee is just wrong. I have used the service for 18 months; it has worked well and has been fast, at half the price of Qwest or Comcast.

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