Anaheim Launches Wi-Fi Network

The city of Anaheim officially launched its wireless network on Thursday In cooperation with EarthLink. The ISP has announced two plans for usage, including occasional use and continuous access plans.

To support the Anaheim network and other Wi-Fi projects around the country, EarthLink has added a Wi-Fi option to its line of products, which include a modem, along with eight e-mail accounts and the company's malware protection tools. That package will cost $21.95 USD per month.

For those who plan to only use the Wi-Fi network occasionally, EarthLink introduced various occasional usage plans, from a one-hour pass retailing for $3.95 USD to a $15.95 USD three-day pass. Additional providers will also be able to offer their services on the network through third-party deals.

Intial wholesale partners include EarthLink subsidiary PeoplePC and DirecTV. AOL has also signed an agreement with the company and plans are in the works to offer the ISP's content on the network in the near future.

EarthLink also announced plans to assist smaller ISPs in setting up Wi-Fi networks in their own markets, as well as offering programs to use the EarthLink Wi-Fi network in markets that the company serves.

"The launch of this network enables people to make a choice about how, and from where, they want to access the Internet securely," EarthLink president and CEO Garry Betty said.

"EarthLink has always focused on providing the tools and services that allow our customers to personalize their Internet experiences. The launch of this municipal Wi-Fi network in Anaheim is the latest proof-point that we are delivering on that vision," he continued.

The Anaheim network is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of this year.

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