El Paso is deploying Cisco's wireless mesh solution for an outdoor wireless network

March 6, 2007

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- CiscoR today announced that the city of El Paso, Texas is deploying Cisco's wireless mesh solution for an outdoor wireless network that will help improve government efficiencies and provide Internet access and application delivery to citizens and businesses.

The new wireless mesh network is part of the Digital El Paso Project, a strategic collaboration between the city, county, El Paso Independent School District and the city Housing Authority, which seeks to revitalize El Paso's downtown area and bring universal Internet access and services to underserved citizens, school children, public housing residents and small businesses.

With its proximity to the U.S./Mexican border, El Paso is a diverse city that serves a largely Mexican-American population of 700,000 in its1,013 square miles. The new outdoor wireless mesh network will help level the playing field for underserved citizens and businesses in El Paso by providing digital inclusion, spurring economic development and bridging the educational gap that exists for many of the El Paso Independent School District's students.

"The City is excited to be a partner in the Digital El Paso initiative," said Joyce Wilson, City Manager for the City of El Paso. "This is an important ingredient to our downtown redevelopment efforts, as well as a vehicle to engage an underserved residential community by providing Internet access and connectivity and thus reducing the digital divide thatnow exists in our lower income neighborhoods."

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