Houston WiFi on the way with Earthlink

The City of Houston selected EarthLink as the WiFi service provider for the Houston wireless broadband network – an ambitious project covering 600 square miles, which may be the largest in the United States.

Earthlink will sell network access to other ISPs for $12/month, which will get to consumers at around $15-20-ish. Dwight Silverman has some good points on the reliability and speed of the WiFi connection and whether its worth that money. I say it is.

It’s really about time we got this into gear – I think that it makes Houston look more attractive to incoming businesses and I, of course, just plain crave constant Internet connectivity. We won’t get to enjoy that fresh WiFi feel until 2009, but at least it’s finally coming… Here’s an FAQ from the Chronicle on what the wireless network will mean for you.

What are your thoughts?

2 Comments so far

  1. Rex (unregistered) on February 15th, 2007 @ 7:48 pm

    I think it’s a win-win situation to have WiFi for Houston. The city makes money and Houston residents pay half of what they would usually pay for Internet access.

  2. Kevin Kujawa (unregistered) on February 16th, 2007 @ 8:23 pm

    By the time it is rolled out, will it be outdated?

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