EarthLink's human voice, its unsigned Earthling blog, provides some details, nice and Big Easy: The New Orleans network is still a work in progress in that EarthLink has regulatory hurdles to get through, but it seems unlikely any bureaucrat has the least interest in impeding them. Once a telecom franchise license is approved, EarthLink will start building 15 square miles (not the several hundred square miles of a 15-mile-radius described in a news report) that will have 300 Kbps of free access. EarthLink hopes this will be used beyond plain Internet connectivity for VoIP given the state of phone service. (Not a knock on BellSouth--rebuilding plans are still in the works which makes it hard to restore service.) They'll also have a 1 Mbps (most likely around $20/month) service aimed at commercial institutions and city workers.