Long Island Business News asks if the scrappy Florida firm e-Path can build the largest municipal network in the U.S. now planned without any municipal revenue: Craig Plunkett of CEDX, a local firm, says no, and he's been building Wi-Fi networks around the area for years. Fundamentally, e-Path is trying to line up advance commitments from businesses and others before it raises capital. But they have a lot of convincing to do, I'm sure. "Hi, we're a new firm, not from the area, that's never completed a network before--we have a couple in progress--and we're pursuing a business plan repudiated by a multi-billion-dollar service provider that founded the notion of residential Internet access. How many millions of dollars can we sign you up for?"
Just two months ago, Toronto Hydro was explaining the network wouldn't expand until they topped 4,000 subscribers: Apparently, they have. On July 5, the utility's head made it sound like expansion wasn't near term. Now, he says they've blown past the 4,000 figure, have "postiive earnings" (undisclosed), and are submitting plans to expand coverage. Huh. Could just a few hundred subscribers have tipped the revenue the right way for them? It's a big change.