Reports today provide more detail on Cometa Networks' shutdown: In news broken here yesterday, Cometa Networks will cease operations. Several publications provide more insight into what happened and what will happen to existing venues.
Richard Shim of News.com offers good analysis that scale and resale are the only ways in which hotspot networks can spread out expense and have enough usage. One analyst notes what is becoming a refrain: Wi-Fi service has to be an add-on package for existing offerings, not a standalone subscription.
Seattle reporter John Cook of The Post-Intelligencer talks to Cometa's venue and reseller partners, who were taken by surprise and are sorting through how to proceed.