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See inside the proposal to create a ‘city-directed’ internet service to compete with Cox and AT&T

  • 2 mths ago

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s administration is working to finalize the terms of a proposal to create a “city-directed” internet service to compete with existing providers like Cox and AT&T, while also making major changes to how the city runs its street lights and traffic signals.

Under the expansive initial proposal, the city’s new internet service would provide a baseline to connect thousands of new “smart cities” devices throughout New Orleans, like “smart street lights,” “smart traffic signals,” and WiFi kiosks, all of which are equipped with video cameras and other data collecting sensors. Those sensors would serve several purposes, including gathering information to improve city services, law enforcement, emergency response, traffic and parking enforcement and data mining for profit. 

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