Lompoc, Calif., has cut the cord: The first stage in their two-prong municipal network will launch Jan. 3, with ubiquitous Wi-Fi coverage across the town. Some good early feedback helped them increase the density of access points by 70--from what number, it's not reported. Service will be $20 per month with a $5 per month equipment rental for bridges, if needed.
The articles doesn't mention that the Wi-Fi system isn't the ultimate goal, but rather that fiber is the next stage. The Wi-Fi network provides short-term residential bandwidth and mobility, while fiber will be part of the longer-term plan to make the time more attractive to business while increasing access by residents and business to higher-speed offerings.