Addison, Texas, lights up its network: The citywide network launched Tuesday in this Dallas suburb. The mayor note sin this Austin American Statesman article that they are the first citywide wireless city in Texas.
A quote from an Institute for Policy Innovation's Barry Arons sets the wrong tone, though: "I find it to be a very, very severe problem and very unsavory when the city says this will be the only game in town, and it will be financed and operated by the taxpayers," he said.
Arons didn't mind Addison's private-public partnership with RedMoon, which built and is operating the network. But I'd like to see Arons and others both pro and con on the municipal wireless front be less soundbite-like about the "only game in town" part. I haven't seen any plans in which the city or town becomes a monopoly.
I have seen some plans in which private companies will receive access to utility and city facilities, like poles, conduits, and building tops. Whether that's exclusive or reduced rate really defines whether a givne network is economically viable as the only game in town.