IDG News Service reports that Azulstar was unable to raise the funds necessary to build the network, but will continue as applications provider: Big-name partners IBM and Cisco are seeking a replacement firm, which seems essentially a doomed effort. Who would step in at this point on a project that has no committed municipal partners, no test networks build, a failed effort to raise funds, and no input into how the project was shaped? That would be...a chump.
What should happen is that this attempt should be scrapped, and one city should volunteer to work with the group with pilot funding chipped in by counties, Cisco, and IBM, as well as other cities, to become the model testbed for a network with specific goals set for specific services. But that's not going to happen. There's too much committed to this effort to not see it through--and to fail spectacularly before a re-think happens.