Welcome to WiFi

Source: Derek Prall, American City and County, September 24, 2013

Projects failed in the past, but some cities are reconsidering municipally provided WiFi.

In the early 2000s, the idea of free, municipally provided WiFi looked like the next big thing. Cities including Chicago, Philadelphia and St. Louis all had high hopes to provide free WiFi to residents, but projects across the country were scaled back, or scrapped completely.

Now, a decade later, amid the ruins of failed, high profile projects, the idea is getting a second wind. …
In March, San Jose cut the ribbon on its municipally owned WiFi network, dubbed “Wickedly Fast WiFi.” Serving one-and-a-half square miles in the city’s center, the project is a reemergence of the municipal WiFi effort. Some cities like San Francisco and New York are experimenting with various municipally owned WiFi hotspots…