EarthLink axes city-wide Wi-Fi project

By Justin Mann on
EarthLink was very gung-ho about doing city-wide Wi-Fi in the past, even going so far as to compete with Google for cities to bid on. Unfortunately for them, their flagship Wi-Fi project in Philadelphia has not produced the numbers they’d hoped for. As a result, EarthLink is pulling the plug on the project after failing to find a buyer for it.

After attempting and failing to sell the $17 million network, EarthLink is giving the existing users of the network a month to find other providers. They've also “filed suit” with the Federal government to remove the equipment from the city as well as limit the amount of money EarthLink will be liable for afterward to a scant $1 million. The pullout may not sit well with the city, which had a contract with EarthLink.

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