Metric: Municipalities to spend $700M on WiFi by 2007

According to a study by Muniwireless, the number of municipality-owned wireless networks in the US will more than double each year for the next three years. The expected growth rate is true for cities with populations over 500,000 and those with less than 100,000 residents. US towns and cities will spend nearly $700 million on wireless networks over the next three years, with an estimated 60 percent of that spending done by large cities. Many municipalities cited rising telecom prices, lack of service from operators and a need for WiFi enabled public safety officials as the reason for building their own wireless networks.

For more on Muniwireless' study:
- take a look at this press release