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Company still behind schedule on Milwaukee wireless project

Milwaukee, Wis. - Midwest Fiber Networks, which has promised Milwaukee that it can provide citywide wireless service by March of 2008, has been granted a reprieve by the Milwaukee Common Council after falling behind on the project.

The council has voted to give Midwest Fiber until June 7 to hook up the first neighborhood, or demonstration area, of the citywide wireless network. The company was to have the area hooked up by mid-January, but has run into delays.

The neighborhood is bounded on the east by Interstate 43, on the west by U.S. Highway 41, on the south by W. Canal Street, and on the north by W. Vliet Street. Thus far, only 30 of the more than 100 antennas required in the demonstration area have been installed.

Nic Ivancevic, a partner in Midwest Fiber, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the project should move faster now that the company has obtained permission on where to place wireless equipment from the city and We Energies.

An estimated 3,000 antennas will be needed to provide wireless service to the entire city.
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