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Wireless Networks To Be Outlawed In Urban Environments

Posted by geeknews at 9:53 PM on April 1, 2005

The American Council of Mayors and Urban Managers voted Friday to lobby the U.S. Congress in support of pending legislation that will render illegal 802.11b/g Wi-Fi networks, paving the way for widespread development of the much faster 802.16 WiMAX networking protocol.

The broad support from the nation’s urban leaders took the computer and telecommunications industries by surprise. Most technologists expected the legislation to die in committee, after being supported by only a few House members, all of which are from rural areas.

Dave’s Opinion
As the law reads, both commercial and residential Wi-Fi networks will be rendered illegal, reportedly to clear a broad path through the 2.4GHz radio spectrum. Most networks that I have helped to install in the last two years have either been fully wireless (Wi-Fi) or included a Wi-Fi subnet.

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  1. From James Bow at 11:10 pm on April 1, 2005

    So… will Starbucks have to replace all of its WiFi hotspots?

    Sounds like a law only government could craft. :-(

  2. From James Bow at 11:12 pm on April 1, 2005

    Wait a minute… April 1st? April fools? You got me!

  3. From Locomorto at 5:39 am on April 2, 2005

    lol nice one, you had me going there for a moment.