Can Governments Create Universal Internet Access? The Philadelphia Municipal Wireless Network Story
A confluence of factors has recently made municipal wireless networks (MWNs) an increasingly feasible and attractive option for municipal governments seeking to promote more equitable and universal access to the Internet within their communities. To provide a better understanding of this approach, this report describes the drivers and inhibitors to MWNs. These insights are based on a case study of the development of the Philadelphia municipal wireless network, illustrating the practical application of the MWN concept and specific lessons learned from the Philadelphia experience.
The authors describe the project and provide a case study of how municipal government can be a catalyst for the adoption of technology, with the goal of promoting social and economic change as well.The Philadelphia story offers important lessons and insights for other municipalities and governments considering similar initiatives. Innovation Technology and E-Government