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Municipal Wi-Fi: big wave or wipeout?

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2 Author(s)
J. Gibbons ; George Mason Univ., Fairfax, VA, USA ; S. Ruth

This article describes some contemporary cases, explores the perspectives of municipalities, providers, and legislators, and examines some examples that could synchronize the various stake-holders' positions. We focus here mostly on US cases. Deployment of wireless services to cities and towns has become a topic of considerable controversy. At the center of the debate is the decision by municipalities to offer low-cost service to citizens who would normally be excluded from the Internet. This "digital divide" justification often pits large cities against incumbent telecommunications providers. Legislation at the national and state levels has been somewhat favorable to the providers so far, but this bias might be shifting as more large providers join, rather than oppose, municipal wireless projects

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IEEE Internet Computing  (Volume:10 ,  Issue: 3 )