The single most sensible account of the state of Philadelphia's Wi-Fi system to date: The editorial board of the Philadelphia Inquirer popped this one out of the ballpark. I'm sure there are political wheels within wheels here--criticizing technically illiterate city councilman Frank Rizzo, praising Mayor Street's vision, cautioning the incoming mayor. But, holy smokes, this is a nice essay on why Philadelphia didn't wind up with egg on its face, or dollars out of its pockets.
The editorial notes the problems: the network's not done, it was late and over budget, it doesn't work well for everyone, and so on. But it reminds readers that 600 households have gotten computers and training, that EarthLink ate all the expense, and that the city's network forced lower broadband prices through competition.