Wi-Fi high-speed Internet access available free for some 600 square miles.

A chunk of arid farm country appears to be the largest Wi-Fi hot spot in the world, with wireless high-speed Internet access available free for some 600 square miles. Most of that is in eastern Oregon, with some just across the border in southern Washington.

Traveling anywahre in the area you can use a laptop to get e-mail and download video — and you can do that while cruising at 70 miles per hour, mile after mile after mile, at a transmission speed several times as fast as a T-1 line. (Note: It’s preferable to do this with someone else driving.)

This kind of network is the wave of the future, and eastern Oregon shows that it’s technically and financially feasible. Morrow and Umatilla counties in eastern Oregon are far ahead in providing high-speed Internet coverage to residents, schools and law enforcement officers — even though all of Morrow County doesn’t have a single traffic light. Full Story…

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