Report Warns of Problems for Municipality Sponsored WiFi

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on February 7, 2005

From the New Millennium Research Council, Washington, D.C., a report co-authored by six telecom experts, ‘Not In The Public Interest – the Myth of Municipal Wi-Fi Networks’ – Why Municipal Schemes to Provide Wi-Fi Broadband Service With Public Funds Are Ill-Advised, February 2005. (40 pages, PDF)

  • “Many American cities and towns are now considering municipal deployment of Wireless Fidelity, or Wi-Fi. This technology enables broadband Internet access via unlicensed spectrum. Chicago, Las Vegas, Philadelphia and San Francisco are just a few of the major metropolitan areas that are embarking on this path…The authors conclude that it is vital for city leaders and citizens to carefully evaluate the inputs and outcomes of municipal Wi-Fi projects, because beneath the positive media coverage and glowing press pronouncements are troubling signs that these publicly held networks can result in less than anticipated outcomes.”
  • Related news: a new white paper by the Center for Digital Government (CDG) on the RFP for CALNET II, which seeks “a single contractor for the provision of telecommunications services…The purpose of the study was to place the CALNET II activity in the context of public sector telecommunications practices across the country and within the current and evolving state of networking technology and innovation.”
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