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What's the deal with municipal Wi-Fi?

What's the deal with municipal Wi-Fi?

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Municipal Wi-Fi is a public policy issue currently getting a lot of attention in the tech press. The question is whether or not it is appropriate for municipalities to offer free or very inexpensive Internet service via Wi-Fi to its residents. Mayors and city dwellers are mostly for it, but the big ISPs, as you might imagine, are less than thrilled about losing out on business.

Take a minute to read my peice on a recent Wi-Fi "summit" in Boston where this topic was debated.

This was first published in June 2005

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