The local business journal reports the city council wants to review the public/private partnership: The plan calls for a city franchised fiber/Wi-Fi network in which the city contributes no capital, but provides telecom business to the winner provider. A local Minneapolis group has pushed the notion that the city should own and operate the network itself, although that group isn't mentioned here. The council has delayed acting on the finalists' bids for the network to review whether that course of action makes sense.
You can hear from several sides of this issue in a December Minnesota Public Radio report that includes Becca Vargo Daggett of the Institute for Self-Reliance, the local president of Qwest, and Minneapolis's Bill Beck, deputy CIO.
Update on Feb. 24: The council decides against ownership, and moves to authorize pilot projects by EarthLink and US Internet.