Another Potential Problem With Muni-WiFi: You Need To Deal With Politicians
from the no-room-for-pork-in-wifi dept
The San Francisco muni-WiFi plan was never well thought out. From the beginning it was clear that it was a pet project of the mayor, who didn't understand exactly what he was proposing. Remember, when he initially proposed it in August of 2005, he had hoped the service would be launched by the end of the year. While the team of Google and Earthlink eventually won the deal, they're now discovering that the poor planning on San Francisco's part is taking quite a toll in moving the project forward. Even though it really is a private effort using public property, just the fact that it's connected to the city has apparently set things up so that every local politician is somehow trying to link his or her pet project to the offering -- meaning that the entire effort is bogged down in a political mess. Perhaps it's time to start over with a real plan that serves a real need, rather than a pet project that makes a politician look good.