Quasi-muni wireless for Colorado Springs?

This front page article in today’s Colorado Springs Gazette discusses a proposal for a private company to provide wireless throughout the city. There would be a user fee; it would not be a free service.

This would not be a “Muni wireless” of the kind favored by many of us Wetmechanics, but still, given my recent experiences with Adelphia, (see Wetmachine article below this one (including comments)), I might tend to favor it, on the theory that anything is better than having to rely on the local cable monopoly. Colorado Springs is generally a very conservative town, despite having liberal pockets here and there, and I don’t think a muni wireless would have much chance of passage.

Yesterday’s Gazette carried another front page article about (outrageous?) bonuses paid by the municipal utility company, and the tenor of comments on the Gazette’s website indicates a quasi-religious belief in the virtues of private companies relative to municipalities. And religion is very strong in Colorado Springs.

I would be interested in Harold Feld’s analysis of the proposal for Colorado Springs, and in your comments too-also, even if you are not Harold.

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2 Comments

  1. Harold says:

    Sorry, gonna have to wait a bit until things come down later in the week.

    Hope things getting better for you and family in Colorado.

  2. Gary says:

    I just noticed that Cambridge (“our fair city,” as Click and Clack would say) has its own free muni-wifi program in the planning stages. I’ve seen a number of initiatives like this fail (such as one in the nearby Davis Square section of Somerville).

    http://www.cambridgema.gov/

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