The Case for this module involves the struggles for municipal Wi-Fi. There are many benefits to providing free municipal Wi-Fi as evidenced by the city of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and the state of emergency there. Here are two stories describing the situation:
Hayes, F. Big Easy Wi-Fi. (2005, December 5). Retrieved fromhttp://www.computerworld.com/article/2560747/government-it/big-easy-wi-fi.html
Tim Greene. VON: New Orleans’ crime-fighting Wi-Fi network is now the city’s lifeline. NetworkWorld.com, 03/16/06.
But more recently the effort to provide free municipal Wi-Fi has fallen on hard times. Municipalities have largely relied upon the private sector to deploy the networks. The private sector vendor would offer a low-cost or free tier of service but gain the prospect off adding faster broadband revenues and Wi-Fi advertising revenues. Unfortunately, this business model hasn’t materialized as expected. But the effort to provide municipal wi-fi continues. Please read the following background:
Sam Churchill (2009). Top 10 Municipal WiFi Stories of the Decade. DailyWireless.org. Retrieved November 21, 2012 from http://www.dailywireless.org/2009/12/18/top-ten-municipal-wifi-stories-of-the-decade/.
Christopher Mims (2010). Where’s All the Free Wi-Fi We Were Promised? Technology Review. Retrieved November 21, 2012 from http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/mimssbits/25819/.
Geoff Duncan (2009). Philadelphia Buys Earthlink’s Failed Municipal Wi-Fi Network. Digital Trends. Retrieved November 21, 2012 from http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/philadelphia-buys-earthlinks-failed-municipal-wi-fi-network/.
Andy Opsahl (2009). Municipal Broadband Efforts Succeed Despite Wi-Fi Meltdown. PublicCIO. Retrieved November 21, 2012 from http://www.govtech.com/pcio/Municipal-Broadband-Efforts-Succeed-Despite-Wi-Fi.html.
Lynnette Luna (2009). A Municipal Wi-Fi Model That Actually Works. Urgent Communications. Retrieved November 21, 2012 fromhttp://urgentcomm.com/networks_and_systems/news/oklahoma-city-wifi-mesh-20091202/.
When you have reviewed these materials and done your own research (please be sure to use appropriate citations for any material that you collect on their own), please write a 3-5 page paper addressing the question:
Should municipal Wi-Fi continue to be pursued? If so, should this be left to the private sector, government sector, or both?