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Big network off campus

An ambitious cloud has settled over Athens, Ga. The invisible presence is actually a hopeful experiment, a wireless local area network that was formally flicked into being in December around 24 blocks of downtown in this small city. It is now heavy with connections, communications and -- mostly -- possibilities.
Known as the Wireless Athens Group Zone -- WAGZone for short -- the cloud was the brainchild of technologists at the University of Georgia's New Media Institute. From its conception, the project took about 18 months to build. "Pretty much all New Media programs start off with five words: Wouldn't it be cool if," says Scott Shamp, the institute's director and an associate professor at the university's communications school. "We wanted students to think about using mobile technology to forge a new relationship with information."

Written by Michael Kanell12 May 03 22:00