Thursday, August 16, 2007

Municipal Wireless

The enthusiasm of believers to the contrary, municipal wireless networks ain't what they're cracked up to be. Albuquerque is working on a proposal. Rio Rancho is trying to rescue its project from disaster.
Some projects are running 30% over budget, reported the Wall Street Journal on August 16. Customer demand is slow. Various concerns have pushed San Francisco's deal with Google and Earthlink onto the November ballot for voter consideration. Anchorage cancelled its project. Minneapolis increased project spending to make the signal strong enough to get through trees. New Mexico cities probably have fewer trees than Minneapolis, but the problem is one not to leaf, er, leave, standing.
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