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Vonage Offers Wi-Fi Services; Wi-Fi Alliance Promotes Security

New efforts to spread Wi-Fi were announced Monday by VoIP provider Vonage, which plans to offer Wi-Fi Internet access in several U.S. cities, and by the Wi-Fi Alliance, which announced a product certification program designed to beef up security features.

Vonage said its Vonage Network unit will team up with EarthLink to offer its customers Wi-Fi Web access in select U.S. cities where EarthLink offers service, including Philadelphia, New Orleans, and California cities Anaheim and Milpitas.

Vonage will provide hardware, including wireless modems and software tools, to customers to promote Wi-Fi access as an alternative to DSL and cable broadband technologies.

"Customers that subscribe to this service in one of the Wi-Fi enabled cities and that wish to access the network outdoors will be able to use their laptop computers throughout the city," the Vonage announcement stated.

The Wi-Fi Alliance effort provides an industry-standard approach, called Wi-Fi Protected Setup, that encourages consumers to enable security measures.

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