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US States ban cities from providing free wireless internet

April 13th, 2005 · No Comments

internet.jpgPhiladelphia’s council planned to offer high-speed wireless internet throughout the city, at a cost of around $US10 million. But as Lawrence Lessig writes in Wired Magazine, Pennsylvania’s Governor signed into law a bill “prohibiting local government from offering free Wi-Fi”:

“…this sort of insanity is raging across the US today. Pushed by lobbyists, at least 14 states have passed legislation similar to Pennsylvania’s. I’ve always wondered what almost $1 billion spent on lobbying state lawmakers gets you. Now I’m beginning to see.”

I’m not sure if Sydney’s Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, is considering a free wi-fi rollout, but it would be interesting to see if Premier Bob Carr would try to stop her…

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