Tuesday, December 06, 2005
Telephony mag is reporting: "BellSouth withdrew its offer to donate one of its buildings to the New Orleans Police Department in the wake of that city’s announcement of a city-owned Wi-Fi Internet access network, according to the Washington Post. The Post report, based on conversations with city officials, said the offer was “angrily” rescinded by BellSouth's head of Louisiana operations, Bill Oliver, just hours after the city announced a plan to build a Wi-Fi network for businesses and residents. ... The Bell company announced a plan in late October to offer wireless broadband access to small businesses in New Orleans for about $70 per month." Bill Oliver has been a thorn in Lafayette's side as well when he threatened to close a Cingular call center if LUS built a muni fiber network.