Philly’s Got Earthlink

Good news folks, Philly has just chosen Earthlink to provide high-speed wireless Internet access for city residents! At first when I read that in the Metro I remembered my experiences with Earthlink 5 years ago, it wasn’t a pleasant experience. Lets hope they have improved, as I am sure they’ve had to in order to survive this long. The terms of the deal are different then what it sounds. Earthlink will build the wireless system and in order to make money they, it seems, will take a cut of the payments. Wireless Philadelphia will be open to multiple Internet Serive Providers and the cost will be split between “certain qualifying Philadelphia residents” who will pay $10 a month and the rest of us will be paying $20 a month.

more of what Earthlink had to say on their website press release:

EarthLink will implement a 135-square-mile, city-wide Wi-Fi mesh network, which is expected to be fully operational by the fourth quarter of 2006. The network is intended to provide:

  • Inexpensive, high-speed Internet access;
  • Open access for multiple, competing service providers;
  • Roaming capabilities for providers of hot spot access;
  • Free Internet access in some parks and public spaces;
  • Daily and weekly access for occasional users and visitors;
  • Small business connectivity and serve as a wireless T-1 alternative.

Under the terms of the proposal, no City or taxpayer dollars will be used to fund the project. EarthLink will finance, build and manage the wireless network, and provide Wireless Philadelphia with revenue sharing fees to help support the Wireless Philadelphia Non-Profit Corporation.

After being named “America’s Next Great City” and Hosting Live 8, and now this? Philly’s got it going on. Go Philly!

2 Comments so far

  1. suzanne (unregistered) on October 5th, 2005 @ 1:58 pm

    This terrifies me. Earthlink is shit; their service is worse than Verizon, which is a total 0 in my book. I’m ready to start hearing the tales of mistakes, screwed folks, and general idiocy.


  2. Ian (unregistered) on October 5th, 2005 @ 2:59 pm

    Right, but it seems the good news is that they are just building it and won’t be the sole ISP. I haven’t read if they will offer ISP services. True they will control the lines, or the wireless boxes, but at least we won’t have to deal with their customer support. Oh yeah and they are paying for it :)



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