This is interesting. The city of New Orleans, in an attempt to lure people back after Hurricane Katrina, is offering free municipally owned wi-fi that will cover the whole city. They'll be the first major metropolis to run a muni wi-fi network.
Check out the last two sentences of this short AP item:
The system will operate at 512 kilobytes per second as long as the city remains under a state of emergency. That will be slowed once the state of emergency is over — that date hasnot been determined — to 128 kps in accordance with state law, whichrestricts government-owned Internet service.
That put me in mind of this essay by Doc Searls that Bill Simmon forwarded me yesterday. Haven't had a chance to read through the whole thing yet, but it makes me want to write more about Burlington Telecom, that's for sure.