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City Council looking at wireless Internet options

March 03, 2005|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

The Hagerstown City Council gave approval, in an unofficial vote, to a timetable that would establish a March 15 public hearing on bringing wireless Internet capabilities to the city and a possible April ordinance presentation.

City Light Department Manager Michael S. Spiker said the Broadband Over Powerline and Fixed Wireless Initiative would bring wireless Internet to city residents. Spiker said, despite the concerns of many amateur radio operators, the service would not be operating in the exact frequency being used by them.

Some amateur radio operators at Tuesday's council meeting disagreed with some of Spiker's assessment of the service outside the council chambers following that portion of the meeting.

Spiker said the city would not have to make an investment in the project, and that use of the service would be similar to its agreement with Antietam Cable.

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Spiker said a public hearing would be held March 15 to address the issue. He said more information on the hearing would be released today.

Councilman Kristin B. Aleshire said having the hearing is important to allow people with concerns to voice them.

Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said he anticipates many people are going to stand on one side of the issue or another, with no middle ground.

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