A free Wi-Fi network blankets Newbury Street, a project created and championed by Michael Oh (left), founder of Tech Superpowers Inc. City Councilor John Tobin wants to extend free wireless access across Boston. ''Wi-Fi seems a great way to bridge the digital divide,'' Tobin says, ''to get the Internet into lower-income neighborhoods.''

The Year of Living Wirelessly

Boston is on the brink of a revolution-a wireless world where people in parks and on sidewalks, on subways and in restaurants, everywhere and anywhere, are plugged in to the Internet. Are we ready for a Wi-Fi city?

By Greg Lalas
April 24, 2005

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A gentleman, maybe in his early 70s, sits near the front window of Espresso Royale Caffe, a noisy, youthful coffeehouse near Symphony Hall. He drains his cup and folds his Wall Street Journal . He rises and then, just before pushing out into the street, stops and asks a college-age man: "What's up with all the laptops?" (Full article: 3133 words)

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