Ars Technica: Muni WiFi Flop a Bad Omen for FCC’s Free Wireless Plan, Thomas Hazlett

Philadelphia shook loose of its rust-belt image to make 2004 headlines for its visionary wireless broadband network. “Municipal WiFi” – using free, unlicensed airwaves and cheap, off-the-shelf radios – would cost taxpayers nothing. Private companies, given exclusive rights and specific social obligations, would hang those radios from street lights, linking local citizens to the Internet via high-speed connections. Presto! Government solves the digital divide.  Go to full article at

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