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MIT Preps Wireless Network For Cambridge: Page 3 of 3

The Cambridge plan calls for Roofnet to be free for low-income residents, although there could be a charge later if usage overloads the network. Keyes added that traditional networking equipment suppliers could provide gear for the network at a later date. And, while the origins of Roofnet are in MIT, there have been discussions with Harvard University researchers about joining the project.

What's the most important piece of the Cambridge Roofnet project, Keyes was asked?

"Cost," he replied. "That's the whole point of it."

Add it all up -- very low-cost, robust throughput, quick and easy installation -- and it should be successful, Keyes said.