Municipal WiFi Networks May Provide Broadband To Millions

Municipal wireless broadband networks may be offering their citizens free or inexpensive Internet access, but they aren’t expected to win over the broadband market. While citywide networks may be better than dial-up, they might not match the speed and quality of only slightly more expensive DSL. Telecom and cable companies still have an edge, and experts predict most households will use municipal WiFi only as a supplement for their cable or DSL. Regardless, Chicago is forging ahead with plans to blanket its metropolitan areas with hotspots, and Philadelphia, San Francisco, Anaheim, and Portland are following suit.
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