Wisconsin city told economics don't work: RITE Brain (still wrapping my head around a firm that would choose that name) said that after six months of testing, they weren't able to deliver service that could provide a competitive offering with DSL or cable. I could have told you that with six minutes' testing. As written in this space many times, metro-scale Wi-Fi once could compete on cost (hard now that telcos dropped prices to fight back) and coverage area (ditto in some places). Now, the hook has to be ubiquitous mobility at a lower price than cell data.
Still waiting in Silicon Valley: The first two pilot stages for the Wireless Silicon Valley project remain free of wireless. The model contracts for the project aren't done, and the testbeds, originally scheduled for 120 days, would run 30 to 90 days after which the full buildout would happen. Does that sound...foolish to anyone else's ears? We're running behind, so let's decrease the window for a project that teaches us what works?