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Old 10-25-2011, 09:03 PM
 
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Do you think there is going to be more communities offering wide wi-fi? I think Google has already implemented in one small area.
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Old 10-25-2011, 09:06 PM
 
Location: The City
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Philadelphia has long had plans to develop a city wide wifi network though it has never been operationalized fully and now is held up for funding. It is part of the Cities most recent plan but will see if it ever happens in reality
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Old 10-25-2011, 09:08 PM
 
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A total waste of money for local governments. Lots of private businesses have free hot spots.
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Old 10-25-2011, 09:11 PM
 
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A total waste of money for local governments. Lots of private businesses have free hot spots.

But what about residential areas?

It costs tons more of money to shove fiber optic cables in the ground.
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Old 10-25-2011, 09:13 PM
 
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Let cable and fiber optic companies do what they do best.
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Old 10-25-2011, 09:13 PM
 
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But what about residential areas?

It costs tons more of money to shove fiber optic cables in the ground.

The fiber would likely still have to be run to support a more global wifi in the first place. I mostly agree with the poster you responded to
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Old 10-27-2011, 05:12 PM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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Most urban (and suburban, and even many rural) communities already have the pre-existing infrastructure for wired broadband. In addition, many people now have smartphones that can access the internet at 3G/3.5G speeds, which is sufficient for most.

The main use I can see for a municipal wi-fi is to provide (relatively) broadband internet at affordable rates to low-income households, and perhaps take some of the load off 3G/3.5G networks in very high-traffic areas. Of course, it would have to be quite dense, as 802.11b/g Wi-Fi does not have a long range. Minneapolis, Minnesota does this.

Otherwise, I think Wi-Fi and hotspots have seen their peak about two years ago, and their usefulness is now fading as people do everything from their mobile phones. Heck, a lot of people I know have practically given up on their desktop or laptop computers and now use their smartphone to accomplish pretty much every task they once did on their desktop (other than word processing, spreadsheet, etc., which desktops are still very useful for).
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Old 10-27-2011, 05:24 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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I am pretty sure Brookline, MA has city-wide wifi (well, town-wide). Boston area.
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