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Wednesday, September 01, 2021

Municipality-wide wi-fi zones have been established in small communities like Cerritos, California and Chaska, Minnesota. Now, the concept is going to the bright lights of big-city Philadelphia.

I’ve noted before that when wireless Internet service becomes a government service, it’s bound to clash with companies that aim to make money offering the same thing. If Philly accomplishes this metropolitan-wide hotspot coverage, companies like T-Mobile and Verizon have to serious shift gears in how they plan to operate in this market. They could be better off simply becoming partners with the government providers.

I’m hoping Philly succeeds. If nothing else, it could really spur my town, St. Pete, to get its nascent wi-fi plans off the ground.

- Costa Tsiokos, Wed 09/01/2021 11:13:30 PM
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  1. Don’t get your hopes up for government Wi-Fi. Government employees are not in the business of customer service and it shows.

    I live in Chaska, MN and never did get the router to work. I did some troubleshooting on my own (tech support was no help) and figured out the problem is poor reception. The RF box is about a block and half away.
    The fix is to put the router outside and it works fine.

    Good thing I never abandoned my trusty (if expensive) roadrunner modem. Results have been mixed with some in the area having success, and others unhappy for a variety of reasons. Perhaps the sucess level would have been improved if they had a concept of technical support and service. Additionally it seems that the most satisfied are those who currently have dial-up modems. Since those folks are used to slow speeds and relatively frequent drops, it msut seem like a huge improvement.

    I’m hopeful that a larger city like Philly can pull it off, because the concept is great. But don’t hold your breath.

    Comment by Jim — 10/10/2021 @ 12:31:20 PM

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