Municipal Wi-Fi

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When public wireless Internet access becomes part of the city budget…companies such as Rogers Wireless and Telus…say that…public money shouldn’t compete against private businesses” (“Getting On The Wi-Fi Game“; Ian Harvey; Globe and Mail; 2007/09/11).

Refuting that arguement, Fredericton’s CIO is quoted as saying that “”We don’t build parks for profit or pools for profit. Libraries don’t put Chapters out of business” and asks “Why shouldn’t cities build this kind of infrastructure too?”

Links:
http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/municipal-wifi.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Municipal_broadband
http://www.eweek.com/category2/0,1738,1755892,00.asp
2004/06/25 – The Register: World warms to municipal Wi-Fi
2005/05/27 – cNet News: The citywide Wi-Fi reality check
2006 – Science Direct: Going Wi-Fi in Canada…
2006/06/27 – cNet News: First large U.S. city to go Wi-Fi
2006/03/26 – Edmonton Journal: Edmonton slow to hook up…
2007/02/01 – City of Vancouver Administrative Report
2007/06/08 – Business Week: Top 10 Municipal Wi-Fi Plans
2007/08/30 – Economist: Reality bites
2007/08/31 – Globe and Mail: Financial worries dim municipal Wi-Fi hopes
2007/08/31 – ZDnet: Earthlink’s woes put free muni Wi-Fi in peril
2007/08/31 – ZDnet: Municipal Wi-Fi on the ropes
2007/09/01 – Scholars & Rogues: Municipal Wi-Fi isn’t dead…
2007/09/03 – Globe and Mail: Municipal Wi-Fi ambitions stymied
2007/09/04 – eSchool News: Municipal Wi-Fi faces financial hurdles
2007/09/10 – The Register: U.S. municipal Wi-Fi loses it’s shine

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