St. Cloud, FL faces muni-WiFi disruption

The city of St. Cloud, FL, is facing a possible disruption of its muni-WiFi network if a proposal aimed at reducing property taxes is approved by the state legislature. Passing of the property tax proposal would mean the end of all local non-essential services, including the muni-WiFi network, which has received high scores for performance. The city says the network wouldn't be shut down but money spent on maintenance and support might be eliminated. Hewlett-Packard currently operates and maintains the network under a contract with the city. That cost is estimated at about $400,000 per year. Even though the network has a high rate of acceptance and high marks for quality, residents complain about the support and maintenance costs.

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