Orlando Killing Free WiFi Plan
The city of Orlando in Florida has pulled the plug on the city’s free Wi-Fi service. Although the city has a population of over 1.8m, only around 27 people a day were using the service, which was costing the district $1,800 a month.
This doesn’t seem so suprising. Cities and municipalities have no business in offering network services to the public, much less for free. I think many of the cities that are planning on offering some sort of public WiFi will soon find that the cost of maintaining a network of that size far outweighs any gains the city may find in the form of PR.
A much better solution is to team up with a local company that can provide the connection and maintain the network.
On a side note, if you are ever in Birmingham (Alabama, not England) and in need of WiFi, be sure to check out the local list at www.bhamwifi.com. It has over 150 locations on it and is growing everyday.