scenes/europeanvillage.jpgHave you noticed a lot more rabbit ear antennas dangling from stoplights and freeway signs near your home? It could be a sign that your hometown is turning into a digital community.

Cities around the globe are waking up to the fact that wireless technology can do a lot more than help someone in a coffee shop surf the web. It can also help cities operate better.   Cities like Philadelphia and Cleveland are teaming up with Intel to help bring broadband wireless Internet technologies to city workers, residents, businesses, schools and visitors.

Emergency response teams in places like Corpus Cristi, Texas, are using their Centrino Tablet PCs to locate accidents, diagnose injuries and then file reports wirelessly right from the scene.

Intel has a wonderful website about Digital Communities. Be sure to visit to find how governments are building digital communities. This website has case studies that include a cyber city initiative in Taipei, and an Internet at home project in Caja Madrid. If you are interested in how the digital age is being deployed around the world, you will find the Intel initiative fascinating.