Thursday, May 24, 2007

Muni Wi-Fi in the news

There is buzz about EarthLink's Atlanta trial - a 15 square mile test area - with an unknown testing team, at least unknown to ELN. The testers gave it a passing grade according to WiFiNews, which must be HUGE weight off the shoulders of the ELN Muni team.

EarthLink’s set its rates, too: $22 per month for 3 Mbps/1 Mbps and $20 for 1 Mbps/1 Mbps. Introductory pricing for the plans is $10 and $6 per month, respectively, for the first six months. The division head at EarthLink said they expect 5,000 customers subscribed by July and 12,000 by the end of the year. The network should be finished by third quarter. [source]

And again there is the story about the unkept promise of muni wifi:

And Lompoc isn’t alone. Across the United States, cities are finding their Wi-Fi projects costing more and drawing less interest than expected, leading to worries that a number will fail, just as big cities like Philadelphia and Portland, Ore., complete pilots and expand their much-hyped networks. “They are the monorails of this decade: the wrong technology, totally overpromised and completely undelivered,” said Anthony Townsend, research director at the Institute for the Future, a think tank.

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