Wireless channel use sets up turf battle

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The world’s biggest barista and a grass-roots group are squaring off in a wireless game of chicken at Pioneer Courthouse Square.

On one end stands Starbucks, which this week likely will begin marketing a paid service that lets its customers in Portland&#8217;s living room connect their laptops wirelessly to the Internet. On the other is Personal Telco, a local group of computer hobbyists, which has provided the same service for free in the square since February.<br /> <br /> From Our Advertiser

Sure, there&#8217;s room on the wireless spectrum for peaceful coexistence. But Starbucks, using wireless carrier T-Mobile, is transmitting its signal on the same channel Personal Telco has used for the past six months. Neither has budged.&#8221; </blockquote> 

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