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  • Further evidence of the pervasive influence of the Internet: Chicago officials are considering a plan that would turn the entire city into a wireless “hot spot,” giving citizens high speed access to the Internet.

    Making this happen would require placing about 7,500 small antennas on street light poles every couple of blocks throughout the city, which would cost $18.5 million.

    There are a number of payment options on the table, ranging from charging users a fee for Internet access to making it a free service as a kind of public utility.

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