Three Finalists for ‘Wireless Philadelphia’

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The city of Philadelphia chose AT&T Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co. and EarthLink Inc. as the three finalists to build a planned citywide wireless network.

The city had received 12 proposals from bidders for “Wireless Philadelphia,” eight of which were turnkey solutions.

AT&T has partnered with Lucent Technologies and BelAir Networks, while H-P’s group includes Alvarion Ltd., Business Information Group and Tropos Networks. EarthLink, meanwhile, has partnered with Motorola Inc. and Tropos.

Dianah Neff, chief information officer in Philadelphia Mayor John Street's Office of Information Services, said the city had hoped to pick a final winner by July 29, but the announcement will more likely come in early August. Construction could begin in September or October.

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