Earthlink officially launched its MuniFi network in Milpitas, California today. The 10-square mile network is the company’s second live network in California after Anaheim (maybe some day San Francisco will get there too.) For the occasion the company is offering free WiFi service for 30 days and is having a wire cutting ceremony at the Milpitas City Hall around noon today.
Milpitas residents can get a WiFi subscription for $21.95 per month and visitors and casual users of the network can pay $3.95 for a one-hour pass or $15.95 for a three-day pass (ouch). Earthlink also says the network will be used by the city, businesses and wholesale providers. Craig Settles, who follows the MuniFi industry closely, thinks the Milpitas launch will be interesting because:
“we should see creative applications that influence automation of the nation’s 2 million mobile local government workers, particularly influencing both health services delivery and economic development.”
We think it’ll be interesting just to see how popular the network is with the residents. Everyone talks about the industry but there still aren’t that many of these networks that have been live for very long. We’ll go check out the network and fill in more details.