Corpus Christi TX among 5 in U.S. with top Wi-Fi

Corpus Christi was one of only five U.S. cities to be named a Smart21 Community of 2007. Kabul, Afghanistan; Tallinn, Estonia; and Hong Kong, China, also were recognized for economic development in the 21st century.

“It underscores the fact that among a worldwide group of people, this is a worthwhile endeavor,” said Ogilvie Gericke, city director of municipal information systems. “If you look at the United States, we are the community with the largest working network. Other people are working, but we have the network.”

The city began its wireless network in 2004 to automate its meter-reading system in a 20-square-mile pilot area. The network, which allows people to access the Internet from wireless devices such as laptops, can handle much more than that, and the city hopes to sign up as many people as possible. Its use has since been expanded to provide data services for police officers and firefighters in their vehicles, and could be expanded to ambulances and learning programs in public schools, Gericke said. Full Story…

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