The finalization of the deal hinged on a separate contract for access to light poles: I'm not sure why this wasn't reported earlier, but the first I heard about this utility pole arrangement being a gating factor is in this article in today's Philadelphia Inquirer. The agreements could be introduced to the city council for approval tomorrow. Details of the main contract for service have been only sketchily released. For instance, I found out a few weeks ago--and had confirmed by city CIO Dianah Neff--that a 15-square-mile pilot network has to be built by EarthLink and tested through early users and independent evaluation before the full network is built. This is a prudent step.