St. Cloud Sees Muni-WiFi Woes

from the wonky-wireless dept

St. Cloud, Florida, has attracted some attention for being the first place in the US to roll out free citywide WiFi service. One month in, the city of 28,000's 15-square-mile network is hitting some road bumps, with users complaining about dead spots and weak signal strength. It's only been a month, so it's still too early to condemn the network, but the tale does serve as a reminder that despite all the hype surrounding citywide WiFi, it remains something of an unproven commodity, both technically and financially. Municipal WiFi is a compelling idea that offers lots of benefits beyond just simple internet access. But the hype surrounding it is deafening, and it's pretty obvious that these networks are going to have some teething pains, and it's going to be a while -- if ever -- before they deliver all their promised benefits.

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    bob, 24 Apr 2006 @ 9:47am

    bad idea

    It seems to me that a ciry wide wireless network is not a good idea. I don't want my tax money going to provide this service that I will never use, nor does the 2.4ghz spectrum need to be overridden by the city's network. A city wide network would also allow those wishing to do illegal activities on the internet using city paid internet. Even if a lot of filtering is put in place, there will be ways to get around them.

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