SPOTLIGHT: Deja vu all over again


As Yogi Berra said, "It is deja vu all over again." Anaheim, CA, is mulling a proposal to offer a 20-year franchise to EarthLink for broadband wireless services covering all 50 sq.mi. of the city. EarthLink is being considered as the preferred provider following the city's issue of a nationwide request for proposals to build such a network. The proposal calls for EarthLink to receive an exclusive franchise to mount, install, operate and maintain its equipment in areas approved by Anaheim on streetlight poles and traffic signal poles and gain access to Anaheim's fiber to create a privately owned and operated city-wide broadband wireless network. Inquiring minds want to know: Is this not the old cable franchise model all over again?  Report | Commentary

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