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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    New St Cloud Resident, 24 Apr 2006 @ 8:24pm

    St Cloud WIFI?

    I recently moved to St Cloud to a brand new subdivision. One of the selling points was the free wifi access provided by the City. In fact, there is a wifi receiver on the light pole in my front yard! I was really looking forward to utilizing the free wifi access...but even though the receiver is in my front yard...the signal is weak almost everywhere in the house. Within a week, I was purchasing my own high speed internet and setting up my own wifi router just like I had before I moved. OH WELL...SO MUCH FOR FREE WIFI...I still think it is a great idea though.

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