Rhode Island leads nation in wireless investment

Rhode Island tops the nation in wireless technology investment, according to a CDW Government study of state and local government purchasing behavior.

CDW-G identified Rhode Island as the only state in the study's 'lead investor' category. To be placed in that category, a state must demonstrate significant investment in 802.11 wireless technologies at all levels of government during the time span of the assessment. The CDW-G study covered the period from 2000 to 2005.

Alan Weiss, CDW-G director of public sector sales, state and local government, said Rhode Island's ability to provide statewide wireless coverage helped the state reach the highest investment category. The CDW-G study cited the state's Rhode Island Wireless Innovation Networks, a border-to-border broadband wireless initiative.

Following Rhode Island, were Ohio, Colorado, Utah, California, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming. The study grouped those states in the early investor category.

Lead and early 802.11 investors shared some common characteristics, according to CDW-G. Among those were strong public-private partnerships, private-sector leadership in generating wireless hotspots, and strong execution at county and city levels, the company noted.

Weiss also noted public safety programs as driving many wireless projects.

The wireless study is the second in a series of reports stemming from CDW-G's State & Local Government Technology Investment Curve assessment.

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John Moore is a freelance writer based in Syracuse, N.Y.

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