The University of Nebraska at Omaha has teamed with the city to create a proposal and price estimate for bringing no-cost wireless Internet to sections of Omaha, Neb. The objective of the project, known as Wireless Omaha, is to provide the service to users in the city for free, according to the university's College of Information Science and Technology's associate dean, Hersham Ali.
Wireless Internet permits individuals with equipped computers and laptops to go online without being linked to cable or phone lines.
If Omaha proceeds with plans for wireless "hot spots," users would be allowed to get on the Internet both indoors and outside.
Wireless Omaha is being created with financing from a National Science Foundation grant of $500,000 to the university. Part of that grant is financing the network of university students who are devising the plan.
In addition, the grant will finance the equipment required to bring wireless to Elmwood Park, the initial region scheduled to get wireless.
Abstracted by the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center(NLECTC) from the Omaha World-Herald (NE) (08/13/06); Sloan, Karen .