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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    Shannon, 24 Apr 2006 @ 9:54am

    Bunch of Freakin Whiners!

    Man I hate it when people whine about anything and everything. Maybe the city should have put signs up saying "City Wide WiFi (beta)" so people would know that the network is constantly under design, redesign, and re-re-design. Signals can change with the wind, foliage, number of PEOPLE in the area. There is NO way to 100% engineer a completely ubiquitous WiFi network for a city. anyone thinking it is going to happen overnight or whine about dead spots needs to get over it and realize it is a free service being provided by a municipality that has no business in that venue.

    What is next? City sponsored phone, gasoline, electricity? Wait in line for bread, it's free. In Mother Russia we get.... Socialism is a GREAT idea in theory. Bad in practice.

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