Georgia town launches wireless network
Officials in the historic town of Macon, Ga., say they have taken a step toward closing the city’s “digital divide.” On April 30 they launched a citywide wireless network.
The network, designed by Schaumburg, Mo.-based Motorola, will allow residents to access the Internet from almost anywhere in town, and police and firefighters will have a dedicated frequency to use during emergencies. Officers in the field will be able to view the county’s criminal justice databases, mug shot and fingerprint system, and Amber Alerts. “We needed a solution that would provide our first responders with the information they require in the field, while allowing other city agencies and, most importantly, our residents, to move forward in the digital age,” Macon Mayor Jack Ellis says.