Cable & Telecom

City-wide Wi-Fi

PHILADELPHIA – By the end of next year, the entire city of Philadelphia will be inside one big broadband wireless bubble. City leaders this week selected ISP EarthLink to build and provide the largest municipal Wi-Fi broadband network so far on record, 135 square miles. “Wireless Philadelphia” as the project is being called, will ensure that anyone anywhere in the city can gain access to a broadband wireless network. EarthLink estimates the retail price for access will be around US$20 a month. The release didn’t contemplate what having town council behind a city-wide Internet bubble might do to local ISPs....