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Coordination nation: Props to the Federal Web Managers Advisory Council, a group of federal Web content managers, for coordinating vital Katrina-relief information in the days following the hurricane's aftermath. On their mailing list, they hashed out a standard address format for the Katrina home pages planned by each agency, namely /www.XXXX. gov/Katrina, with the name of the agency in the XXXX spot. This greatly simplified the process of digging around laby-rinthine agency sites for pertinent details. Numerous agencies, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Energy, Homeland Security and Housing and Urban Development departments, participated. 'That has opened our eyes about doing things consistently,' said Sam Gallagher, HUD Web content manager and member of the alliance (online at www.webcontent.gov). Crescent City build-out. New Orleans, facing a long and uncertain rebuilding process, has made fast work on one front'wireless Internet access. Late last month, it launched a free, municipally owned wireless Internet service in its business district and the French Quarter, with plans to go citywide within a year. The service is operating at 512 Kbps while the city is in a state of emergency'eventually it will run at 128 Kbps'and provides a way to conduct business in a city still suffering from a lack of phone and electrical power. One reason for New Orleans' speed in setting up the network'other than necessity'was an absence of opposition from phone and cable companies, whose objections have slowed wireless efforts in some other cities. Donations also helped. The system'with access points mounted on street lights'uses about $1 million in hardware, most of it provided by Intel Corp., Tropos Networks Inc. of Sunnyvale, Calif., and Pronto Network Inc. of Pleasanton, Calif. Transmit your news to [email protected].

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