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Fad Lovers II

Ted Balaker
October 12, 2005, 10:03am

Like ultra-self conscious junior high schoolers, city officials are suckers for fads. Forget addressing the core issues of local government--sewers, schools, and roads are boring! These folks want to do what's cool. And right now what's cool is giving your city Wi-Fi access. Recently cities like San Francisco, Philadelphia, Portland, and Houston have said they want to do it. And now this: Yeah, and how abut that wastewater system (p.4)! Anyone? (crickets) Milwaukee is one city that could actually brag about wastewater. Perhaps city leaders are now entitled to be a bit frivolous? Article here. Why muni Wi-Fi isn't such a cool idea here.

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