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Wilmington ready to use freed analog signals


Wilmington will soon have greater access to WiFi. Our city was the first in the nation to switch to digital television, and the move left lots of open analog air space. Now Wilmington will be the first in the nation to use what's called "white spaces" to improve access to the wireless Internet. It will also allow for a wireless network of web cameras around town.

"We've got the county, New Hanover, that's putting cameras in the parks," Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo, "and also being able to provide WiFi and Internet accessibility in areas of our community that don't have it now."

Several national media outlets as well as mayors from across the state are expected to attend the February 24 launch of the TV White Spaces Network.

We'll have more stories in the coming week explaining what this is all about.

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