Burbank provides hybrid muni-Fi: The city used Proxim gear with M-Gravity as the contractor to build a one-square-mile downtown free Wi-Fi zone, a broadband multi-point wireless system to replace expensive (and slower) leased wired infrastructure for city buildings, and free Wi-Fi in those various buildings. This is a very interesting first phase. It takes some money as cost conservation out of a telco's pocket (for 20 T-1 lines they're no longer using), but it also increases specific public access without involving home or business broadband.
Anaheim removes franchise fee: An attendee at last night's Anaheim city council meeting notes that the city will strip a five-percent franchise fee from EarthLink's potential rollout for citywide for-fee municipal broadband. EarthLink won't be paying for exclusive rights to municipal poles, lights, and networks, which is interesting. Another public hearing will be held. The city has its minutes online, but no explicit details on this change.
Downtown Lexington turned on its for-fee Wi-Fi: SkyTel Corp. unveiled its $6 an hour, $10 a day, $25 a month service. It's a one-year pilot.
Mountain View approves Google muni-Fi: A unanimous vote gives Google a five-year property lease to begin to build the network. The proposal will include a secured network for city workers. A Wireless Week story adds that initial coverage will be 80 to 90 percent of the city, and that Mountain View will receive about $12,600 in utility pole fees.