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  • I think you make some very good, sound points.

    However, maybe wireless networks without internet access could be a way forward. The cost could be offset by local advertising on centrally controlled servers, and via a co-operative arangement with internet suppliers.

    Need train times, a pizza - just connect up to the local net and search for it.

    Internet access however, would be through gateways, to whom you would pay your connectivity fee - if you need to check your email connect up via the local wireless network, out through a gateway and pay for it.
    • In that case, it's entirely private industry, not the muni (except that the muni would have to give up right-of-way rights, perhaps in exchange for some kinds of access).

      And in that case, I'm all for it. Not because it's private industry (I'm not trying to be a Libertarian-only here), but because it's the kind of thing that private industry can (and does) provide, and therefore the city should stay out of it for the reasons I've listed.

      • Randal L. Schwartz
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