“You can work from anywhere; you can play from anywhere;
you can shop from anywhere.”
Children can work with their parents and communicate with
teachers from home, and parents could check on student progress
from anywhere in the city, Gericke said. Sports fans could
watch streaming Dallas Cowboys games from their seat at Whataburger
“It should do crazy things to our economy,” says
John Howell of Rightway Online. “No longer will we work
with the idea that this is my store here. We should be able
to sell everywhere.”
The key, however, is making sure people are educated enough
to take advantage.
“There’s a big difference between those who understand
how to use the Internet and those who don’t,”
Howell said. “I’m shocked at how many people really
don’t know how to use the Internet.”
Apart from the network’s practical applications, the
increased attention on the city as a pioneer in wireless networks
will reap additional economic benefits.
“It’s one of the most positive things to happen
to the city in a long time."