New York City not interested in municipal Wi-Fi

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New York City wants to provide its residents with affordable broadband Internet access, but doesn’t think a municipal Wi-Fi network is the way to go. (Those haven’t done too well, remember.) To that end it’s hired some fancy-sounding consultancy, Diamond Management and Technology Consultants, to help come up with an Internet plan.

Companies being linked with the job include Time Warner, Cablevision and Verizon.

Asked why it doesn’t want to go the Wi-Fi route, a city official said plainly, “We don’t think municipal Wi-Fi will succeed.”

The moral of the story is, New York wants to provide Internet access to its residents, a priority being placed on low-income ones, but doesn’t particularly care to use Wi-Fi to get the job done.

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