As Glenn at WiFi News points out, much of the delay in muni wi-fi is due to lack of access to the utility poles. He writes specifically about Edison that just won't talk to the muni gov't about access. (Eminent domain, anyone?) In Toronto, "Incredibly, they're just discovering now that most of the lighting poles - which host the WiFi transmitters - don't have round the clock power. Huh?" So if it isn't one monopoly (Telco) trying to stop you, it is another (Power company).