The Philadelphia City Controller’s office has found unopened boxes of Wi-Fi access points in the city warehouse. The city bought the equipment in 2010 using federal grants for a public safety Wi-Fi network, but the plan to deploy it was canceled when Congress decided to create a national law enforcement Wi-Fi system. It’s not clear how much they spent on the equipment. It was part of a $2M purchase according to an article in Philly.com:
The boxes, which contain parts to the defunct EarthLink citywide wireless network, were found by the Controller’s Office during a routine review of equipment and inventory, the office said Monday.
Why didn’t they donate this equipment to the city’s schools, libraries, community centers, or even sell it on Ebay? It’s too late now because this is obsolete.