Students learning how to use their new laptop computers at Auburn Middle School in Auburn, Maine, can surf the internet and exchange eMail without tripping over network cables or power cords.

Fast-growing wireless technology means there is no spaghetti-like jumble of cables in the classrooms here. More importantly, the technology is making possible Gov. Angus King's vision of a computer on the lap of all seventh- and eighth-graders, because it's so much cheaper than running wires through schools.

The same wireless technology that keeps people connected on Palm Pilots and

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