Qualcomm's founder's opinions can't be discounted, since he created and controlled an entire industry: He says municipal Wi-Fi is poorly thought out and competes using tax funds with private enterprise. That just shows he isn't reading the stories, but is reading briefs for those with vested interests. Newer and larger proposals from cities now protect taxpayer dollars, and some of those ventures will pay tax rather than be tax free. Some existing municipal networks already pay their full tax burden using money that didn't come from tax-free bonds, too. He also adopts the patronizing tones of private enterprise for government, assuming that poor stupid government can never actually execute.
It is interesting, though, that he believes metered rates for Wi-Fi will disappear entirely in favor of unlimited plans. I have believed that for years, but T-Mobile's apparent success with a portion of their network being available on an unlimited use basis with roaming always charged per use seems to contradict my belief.