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Friday, April 28, 2021

The free wi-fi bug has bitten Long Island, as Suffolk County has announced plans for a free-of-charge wireless Web blanket to cover its 900 square miles.

It’ll be a neat trick, logistically:

Typically, wireless systems have caught on in remote areas without any other Internet access and in urban centers with high population densities that concentrate potential users.

But Suffolk is distinctly different, a sprawling county with heavily developed suburbs, gilded estates, horse farms, semi-rural sections with potato farms and vineyards, strip malls and seashores. It stretches from the office and retail corridor along Route 110 on its western border to the Montauk Lighthouse on the East End and beyond to Fishers Island.

Covering that area would require hundreds or thousands of transmitting devices that cost up to $5,000 each, experts say. The broadcast range varies, and more transmitters are needed in areas of heavy usage. The entire system could cost tens of millions of dollars, experts say.

And the quality and reliability of this freebie carries no guarantees. Keeping in mind the snafus associated with the free wi-fi network established in the Central Florida town of St. Cloud, Suffolkers shouldn’t make plans to cancel their cable/DSL subscriptions.

I always forget how populated the “other” county on Long Island is (it actually has more people than Nassau). One and a half million people is nothing to sneeze at. Delivering free Internet for them, on land and water, will be something to brag about, if they pull it off.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 04/28/2006 09:45:38 PM
Category: New Yorkin', Wi-Fi
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Tellingly, a recent Pew Research survey found that while 90 percent of Americans consider the country as a whole to be overweight, only 39 percent believe that they’re among the flabby.

Self-perception goes a long way. Even if those easy-fit jeans won’t.

This came to mind for me just minutes ago, when I overheard someone bragging about committing to healthy eating. She proudly proclaimed, “Now, instead of a regular one, I’m only going to eat a small salad!”

And I thought, Yeah, I’m sure it was the supersized portions of leafy greens that were going straight to your ass.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 04/28/2006 02:29:07 PM
Category: Food, Science, Society
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