The NYT has a story on Philadelphia's two year plan to create a 135 square mile free Wi-Fi network (registration required). Although there are big technical and financial hurdles, the city sees it as a potential boon for education and economic development. Close to 70 percent of students in the city qualify for economic assistance, and may not otherwise have Internet access, officials say.
According to the article, the city isn't planning on managing the network itself, and will likely outsource that piece to the private sector. But the local cable and phone companies can't be that … Read more