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Wired, but not connected

By DAVE GUSSOW

© St. Petersburg Times, published March 15, 1999


Florida may have potential as a headquarters for high-tech businesses, but it can't claim its residents are ready and wired.

Five Florida cities made the list of the nation's 50 "most wired" cities and towns from Yahoo! Internet Life magazine, but none made the top 25.

Miami was the highest ranked of the Sunshine State cities at No. 28, with Orlando (33), Tampa-St. Petersburg (37), West Palm Beach-Boca Raton (45) and Jacksonville (46).

Criteria for the list (http://www.yil.com/cities) included determining the number of home and business users of the Internet in each area and measuring the number of commercial domain names and the number of sites devoted to a city. San Francisco topped the list, as it did the previous year.

Orlando got a boost from Disney's presence online to make its debut on the list. The survey's online comment about Tampa-St. Petersburg reflects why it ranked No. 37: "Recreational Net use takes precedence over business-related usage."

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