Muni Wi-Fi: another one bites the dust

19 May 2008

The US wireless broadband operator MetroFi is considering a sale of its municipal wireless LAN operations. The firm has citywide Wi-Fi networks in nine US cities, including San Jose in California and Aurora, Illinois and says it will close the networks in 30 to 60 days if a buyer is not found. The announcement from MetroFi follows the recent decision by another municipal Wi-Fi operator, Earthlink, which has alos opted to exit the market. While some operators have struggled to make adequate returns from their citywide wireless internet networks, other municipal WLAN deployments have met with more success by signing anchor tenant agreements with city authorities or emergency service groups.

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