Earthlink, the beleaguered ISP which is betting the farm on municipal wireless turned on its Muni WiFi network in the city of Anaheim. Earthlink calls its WiFi initiatives – Feather. The network went live on June 29 at a “wire cutting ceremony”. Curt Pringle, the Mayor of Anaheim officially ‘unwired’ the City at a wire cutting ceremony, which was also attended by Motorola, Tropos Networks and of course Earthlink executives. (More reports here.)
The service on this network is going to cost $21.95 a month. A $3.95 for a one-hour pass to $15.95 for a three-day pass are also available. The network will also serve as a platform for City, business and wholesale partners to access EarthLink’s municipal network for their employees and end-users. In addition to the network, the company has also signed up wholesale partners – PeoplePC (EarthLink’s wholly-owned subsidiary) and DirecTV – who will get access to the Earthlink Muni WiFi Networks. In addition, EarthLink has reached a non-binding agreement with AOL and is discussing ways to offer its AOL.com content and Web assets on EarthLink’s municipal network.
PS: if you live in Anaheim, I would like you to send me a review of the service if you end up using it. An honest and on the ground appraisal of the service.