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Wireless Internet blankets Cody, Wyoming

December 1, 2005View for printing

Imagine sitting on a bench in Cody's City Park, opening your laptop computer and checking e-mail, downloading music or getting a stock quote - all without plugging in or dialing out.

It's not a fantasy, thanks to a new wireless Internet service called Yellowstone WiFi, launched earlier this year by TCT West of Basin.

Tourists and locals can get online to surf the Web from dozens of spots along Cody's busiest streets, putting the city ahead of metro areas such as San Francisco and Philadelphia, which are still developing their city Wi-Fi plans.

Wi-Fi is a communications industry protocol by which consumer devices can communicate wirelessly with larger networks, including the Internet.

"We started working on the system almost a year ago," said Chris Davidson, TCT West general manager. "We turned it on during July and August this summer and just got it rolling and let people find it."

By RUFFIN PREVOST Gazette Wyoming Bureau

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