Friday, June 23, 2006

This Is My Neighborhood

I live in a suburb of Milwaukee. This is the same town that can't hire any more police officers at the Chief's request because there's no money for them.

This is the same town that approved plans to build a $300 million dollar light rail system.

And the same town that is going through on plans to build a city wide Wi-Fi system for free internet use for it's citizens.

Good call on those plans.

I wonder how current companies that offer internet service feel about taxpayers funding a project to offer a free service to compete with their livelihood.

Only in Milwaukee.


At 5:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you sure it's going to be a free service?

I haven't seen many articles on the subject, but none of them mentioned whether it would be free or not. I only skimmed through the article you posted, but I didn't see the freeness/cost of it listed anywhere.

At 9:50 AM, Blogger Nick said...

I actually didn't think it was going to be free. They were simply contracting with a company to allow them to use utility pipes and place antenaes on light fixtures... basically giving them exclusive grant to run the service... but I thought it was going to be fee based.

And the $300 million light rail system was vetoed... so thats not happening either.

At 10:26 AM, Blogger Lostgirl said...

Cincy has Wi-Fi all over the city now but its not free its through the local telephone company and you have to pay something, like a nominal fee to use it. Verizon has also started setting up hot spots around the area too but they are not free also.

I feel you on the lightrail thing, Cincy really could use one but they just keep burying it further and further all the while traffic gets worse and worse.


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