Philly city-wide WiFi could cost up to $20M

Philadelphia's proposed city-wide WiFi network, Wireless Philadelphia, could cost as much as $18 million and $20 million to build, more than the city's initial estimate of $16 million. The city's CIO, Dianah Neff, said the new costs were in line with her previous estimates. Neff has said that no city finances will be used to build the network. Wireless Philadelphia will offer free access in public spaces. Citizens will be able to subscribe to the service at home for $16 to $20 per month. Wireless Philadelphia plans to get its initial funding through a combination of bonds, foundation grants, and low-interest bank loans.

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