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When a city institutes a municipal wireless system, it is building a new communications infrastructure on behalf of its residents. Like our rights to privacy in our public telephone communications, individuals have the right to a municipal wireless network that respects privacy and free speech, allowing users to explore all that the Internet offers without worrying where information about their online activities will end up or how it will be used or abused. Cities have a duty to protect the privacy and free speech rights of their residents, and safeguards for these rights must be priorities, not afterthoughts.

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