New Orleans has the right idea. To help get everyone communicating again, the ravaged city is starting up the country's first municipally-owned wireless Internet system that will, thankfully, be free for everyone. Obviously a great perk for those living and trying to come back to their homes in the city, the hope is that this system will make business more attractive and, of course, help city government officials. Most of the equipment being used was donated, but New Orleans will own and operate it all themselves. Wireless devices will be mounted on streetlights and should be operational in the central business district today.
New Orleans' new connection [msnbc]