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LA considers free citywide Wi-Fi, but is it worth the cost?




A spectator took a picture of the shuttle with his iPhone on Saturday as Endeavour crawled north on Crenshaw Boulevard.
A spectator took a picture of the shuttle with his iPhone on Saturday as Endeavour crawled north on Crenshaw Boulevard.
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Yesterday, the L.A. City Council committee discussed installing free wi-fi across Los Angeles.

Councilman Bob Blumenfield introduced the motion last week, saying that free Wi-Fi in L.A. would help businesses, tourists and people who can't afford internet access on their own. If the plan is approved, L.A. would be the largest city in the U.S. to offer the service. Nearby cities like Riverside and Burbank have free citywide wi-fi.

Dan Ackerman, senior editor with CNET, is with us to talk about the plan.