Wireless network can benefit area residents
A South Jersey wireless network could also draw more businesses to the region and boost the economy.
New Jersey is fractured into hundreds of governing authorities which makes delivery of services expensive and keeps taxes high. So, when governing bodies make an effort to work together, the benefits to residents can be significant.
One promising development is a proposed wireless digital network that Burlington, Camden and Gloucester county officials recently began discussing. They are looking to launch a wireless network that would cover about 1,378 square miles from Shamong to Newfield.
Wireless networking, which operates on radio waves and allows anyone to plug into it with a wireless-equipped computer, is the future in business and personal communications. If the tri-county region started a wireless network, it would be the first in the state, according to Burlington County Freeholder Aubrey Fenton.
But across the river, Philadelphia already is working with Earthlink, an Internet service provider, on setting up a wireless network that could serve about 1 million people. Earthlink is paying the estimated $10 million to $15 million to build the network.