“Googling “citywide wireless” will get you a lot of links from 2004, brimming with optimism about the promise of municipal internet access. By 2006, however, the returns are fewer, and have a sour tone. From San Francisco to Philadelphia, ambitious city network plans stalled, hobbled by technical, logistical, and contractual issues.
Today, Minneapolis is one of few American cities whose WiFi plans are actually succeeding. Minneapolis studied the missteps of other urban networks before signing a 10-year contract with Minnesota-based USI Wireless.”