SPOTLIGHT: Where the money is

Where the money is
An inquiring reporter once asked Willie Sutton why he robbed banks, and Sutton famously replied: "Because that's where the money is." These days, Sutton would more likely be interested in muni-WiFi. More than $3 billion will be spent during the next four years to build and operate public wireless networks for U.S. municipalities, says a new report by Interest among U.S. cities and counties to deploy their own public wireless networks is way ahead of earlier expectations, said Esme Vos, founder of, which tracks the muni-wireless market. Just compare: Last year, predicted that cities and counties would spend about $177 million in 2006 to build wireless networks, but the actual figure is much higher, as about $235 million will be spent in 2006 on these networks, according to the new study. Report