Wednesday, September 08, 2004

The wireless networks keep rolling in

Rolling wheat fields are also Wi-Fi country:

Walla Walla County is better known for wheat fields than Wi-Fi. But a small community-owned utility in this agriculture-dependent region has constructed one of the largest wireless Internet networks in rural America, rolling out high-speed connections across about 1,500 square miles.

Dayton-based Columbia Energy, a subsidiary of the Columbia Rural Electric Association, built the network for farmers who monitor irrigation equipment in the field and for residential and business customers who have limited access to cable or digital subscriber line service.

(Tip o' the hat to Smart Mobs)