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Everyone wants Wi-Fi, but who pays?

Municipal models offer options, barriers to access

Nida Pellizzer, a senior at Skidmore College, takes advantage of the free Wi-Fi at Saratoga Coffee Traders in downtown Saratoga Springs on March 29.
Nida Pellizzer, a senior at Skidmore College, takes advantage of the free Wi-Fi at Saratoga Coffee Traders in downtown Saratoga Springs on March 29.
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Wireless Internet is spreading throughout the Capital Region. What was once a scarce technology that was looked at as a potential economic development tool has become almost ubiquitous at coffee shops, hotels and even car dealerships. Drive down almost any city street in the region with a laptop or other mobile device and a scan for Internet networks will reveal available Wi-Fi access. But most of the growth in Wi-Fi appears to be private networks ...


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