Muni Wi-Fi – Survey May Not Be As Impartial As It Seems

A new report by the Reason Foundation warned cities from jumping into the Muni WiFi bandwagon. Jerry Ellig, author of “A Dynamic Perspective on Government Broadband Initiatives,” said municipalities should be wary of companies like EarthLink and Google, which he believes are only interested in offering free wireless Internet access “because the deals will give them rights-of-way and valuable access to public infrastructure like light and telephone poles.”

The study listed several “critical issues” that local governments must bear in mind before going into broadband network development.
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