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Work to create what will arguably be the world's largest Wi-Fi hotzone is expected to begin in Cerritos, California next month.

When completed, the zone will cover all 8.6 square miles of the city, situated some 26 miles south east of Los Angeles, Associated Press reports. That's enough to provide almost all of Cerritos' 51,000 residents with wireless Internet access.

The deployment is being carried out by California-based wireless ISP, Aiirnet. Not only have the city authorities allowed Aiirnet to install access points throughout the locale for free, but they pay the company over $25,000 a year to allow their employees to access the network. Access points will be installed on public buildings and traffic lights.

Aiirnet will also connect the WLAN to the Internet via a high-speed link. It turns out that Cerritos can't get DSL or cable broadband, and residents have been demanding that the City Fathers do something about it. Never let it be said the local government isn't responsive. ®

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