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September 01, 2005
Wi-Fi supporters of the world, unite!
Not sure what the poll numbers in the race for New York City Public Advocate look like, but bloggers and other intellectuals continue to flock to Andrew Rasiej's campaign for Public Advocate, drawn primarily by Andrew's support of a citywide Wi-Fi network for New York.
The New York Sun's John Avlon calls citywide Wi-Fi one of the best ideas advanced by any Democratic candidate, while New York intellectual Douglas Rushkoff also lavishes praise on Rasiej: "I'm supporting Andrew Rasiej because he gets that a city today - even one as centralized and powerful as New York - is no longer a Renaissance-era city-state to be dictated from the top, but living network that breathes, spreads, and self-repairs from the periphery."
In The L Magazine, Brian Diedrick also has a rousingly positive profile of Andrew Rasiej, even going so far as to implicitly compare Andrew Rasiej to legendary American patriot Patrick Henry in "Give Me WiFi or Give Me Death!" Diedrick explains that Andrew Rasiej "would like to do for the New York City Public Advocates post what Eliot Spitzers done for the state Attorney Generals desk. Where many see an office worth not much more than a pitcher of warm spit, Rasiej sees an opportunity to wire New York for universal WiFi access..."
UPDATE: Less than 24 hours after we posted this entry, the New York Times came out with a profile of Andrew Rasiej and his plan for citywide high-speed wireless: "A Man With a Vision for Getting New York Wired." Methinks, though, that the title should have used the term "unwired," not "wired," eh?
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