Thursday, November 18, 2004

Philadelphia Wireless In Dutch?

When I predicted that municipal WiFi systems would not become popular, I never expected that one reason would be because states would ban them! Philadelphia is now facing just such a ban from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, which in turn is being pressured by cable companies and the LECs an RBOCs who (surprise!) see free WiFi as a threat. Go figure.

If you step back and look at this, it might be a good thing. Governments have no business running businesses. Granting a license to one company to operate as a monopoly is almost as bad. What other models are there for "free" WiFi access?


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