Gatespeed Broadband, Inc. and
WiFi Metro, Inc. have announced the launch of a wireless “HotZone” in downtown Palo Alto, Calif. The HotZone provides users with wireless Internet access over a six city block area. The companies say that the HotZone reaches as far west as the University CalTrain Station and as far east as the intersection of Ramona and University Avenues.
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The companies are jointly marketing the HotZone and plan to set up as many as 20 more similar systems by year’s end. WiFi Metro already owns a network of 50 locations across the United States, with plans to set up 100 more locations by the end of this year. The network is hosted on an OC-3 speed backbone, according to Gatespeed president and CEO Dan Arra.
For a limited time, users can try out the HotZone by obtaining a free trial pass from the WiFi Metro Web site. Users can also signup online for a mobile Internet subscription and get more info about the service from Gatespeed’s Web site.