Muni Wi-Fi: Dead in the Water?

There was a time a few years ago when it looked like web workers would be able to find free (or at least pervasive) Wi-Fi access in major cities across the nation. Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco, Houston, and other cities announced ambitious plans to blanket their municipalities with access. But now, according to a review of the situation in the New York Times, those hopes are fading. While some plans, such as the one in Minneapolis, are moving ahead, most are on the rocks.

The Times blames Earthlink for torpedoing much of the momentum, thanks to a reassessment of the potential for making a profit. But does it really matter to web workers? Were you looking forward to municipal wireless access, or do you feel like your needs are already covered by hotels, coffee shops, and other access points wherever you go?


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