Will ISPs Kill Off Municipal Wi-Fi Before It Starts?

“Plans are afoot in [cities across the U.S.] to provide residents with low-cost or free wireless internet access. It’s a great idea whose time has come, like drinking fountains, public toilets and park benches.” But that doesn’t mean that municipal wi-fi will get done without some major fights – after all, those high-cost internet providers (otherwise known as your cable and phone companies) are dead-set against the idea of competition in general, and city-wide internet access would pretty much kill a profitable chunk of their business. “Without legislation, ISPs have no legal basis for stopping community Wi-Fi. But legislation is a distinct possibility.”