Small cities become wireless ISPs

In an excellent three-part series published in 2002 on, Gerry Blackwell writes “[a]ll across America, municipal and county governments are waking up to the hard economic truth of the digital divide—and deciding to do something about it. They fear that if they do nothing, their communities will be left behind.” Mr. Blackwell argues that for rural areas to attract and keep businesses, access to broadband is a necessity. Unfortunately, it is precisely these areas that telcos and cable operators do not find interesting. A number of small towns have decided to deliver the broadband services themselves.

In the second and third parts of the series, Mr. Blackwell delves deeper into the municipal wireless ISP (WISP) phenomenon in the United States, and argues that in the near future, it will be as common for small cities and towns to offer broadband Internet services as they do today for water and electricity.


  1. I live in a small comunity where i am the only one with a broadband connection. this is because i dished out for a t1 connection. If i wanted to WiFi the whole community would that be feasable? this comment is in regards to the article on small cities become wireless