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 […]

Popularity of Wi-Fi in cities and towns

Earlier this year, CNET published a report on the popularity of Wi-Fi hotspots in cities such as Athens (Georgia), Long Beach (California) and Ashland (Oregon). The Athens project, which is a public-private partnership that involves the county government, the University of Georgia, and local businesses, involves the creation of a “hotzone” similar to that in […] expands Boston WiFi service

Tech Superpowers Inc.’s, a free WiFi network on Newbury Street in Boston, Mass., has expanded its reach with the addition of Colortek. provides free AirPort-compatible WiFi wireless network access at several public points on the tony Newbury Street shopping area, located in Boston’s popular Back Bay neighborhood. Colortek specializes in digital film and […]

Lille metropolitan Wi-Fi hotspot network

In January 2003, Lille issued a public tender for the creation of a Wi-Fi hotspot network consisting of 2004 hotspots in the Nord Pas de Calais region by the end of 2004. Lille is European Capital of Culture in 2004 and wants to kick off the festivities by improving the region’s telecommunications infrastructure and enhancing […]

Network NYC: Building the Broadband City

This excellent staff report to the New York City Council recommends a sweeping change in the way the city of New York buys and utilizes telecommunications services. More importantly, if New York adopts its recommendations, the city’s agencies, residents, businesses and public organizations could see dramatically cheaper, faster and more efficient telecommunications (data and voice) […]