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MEXICO CITY -- The city's new mayor said he hopes to offer
high-speed wireless Internet to all 8.7 million residents of this
sprawling metropolis, even as it struggles to supply basic services
such as water and electricity.
Marcelo Ebrard signed an agreement with China's ZTE Corp. to set
up wireless broadband "hotspots" linking schools, government offices
and the city's thousands of surveillance cameras.
"The city government is giving this project the highest priority,"
Ebrard said, adding the project will get off the ground within
Speaking later to reporters, Ebrard said he hopes the service can
quickly be expanded citywide.
That could be a tall order in Mexico City, which already struggles
to solve problems such as choking smog, snarled traffic and public
utilities that are inconsistent -- and in some areas nonexistent.
Because of leaks, low pressure and over-exploitation of aquifers,
whole neighborhoods still rely on tanker trucks to deliver water.
Meanwhile, an aging electricity infrastructure causes frequent
blackouts even in upscale districts.
Since taking office in December, Ebrard has announced ambitious
plans to model Mexico City in line with trends in wealthier world
His government recently announced it would follow the lead of
cities like Paris and Berlin in creating temporary artificial urban
beaches for the summer. Recently, he kicked off a campaign
encouraging city officials to bicycle to work once a month.
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