New York shuns muni-WiFi

New York City is shunning the idea of muni-WiFi and instead is looking to provide Internet access to residents with affordable fiber-optic cable connections to homes. Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other members of the city's 15-member Broadband Advisory Committee are entertaining broadband ideas, and it's clear WiFi is not an option.

"We're not going to go the direction of a Minneapolis or Philadelphia in New York," Kunal Malhotra, a spokesman for New York City Council member Gale Brewer, told Computerworld. "We don't think municipal WiFi will succeed."

One option New York may pursue is expanding on a technology fund that already includes $4 million from Verizon, which is building a fiber-optic network in the city with the stipulation that it has to set aside money for providing Internet access to underserved areas. The fund could be expanded with $4 million each from the city's two cable providers, Time Warner Cable and Cablevision.

For more:
- check out Computerworld

Related stories:
EarthLink officially pulls plug on muni-WiFi business. EarthLink story
EarthLink yanks muni WiFi network in Philly. Muni-WiFi story


Like this story? Subscribe to FierceWireless!

The Wireless industry is an ever-changing world where big ideas come along daily. Our subscribers rely on FierceWireless as their must-read source for the latest news, analysis and data on this increasingly competitive marketplace. Sign up today to get wireless news and updates delivered to your inbox and read on the go.