In his “Media Frenzy” column for The New York Times, Richard Siklos examines the spread of municipal wireless initiatives, focusing on the plan to offer free wireless access throughout the city of Philadelphia. Siklos points out that one of the problems with such programs is they tend to favor one vendor over another and make it harder for existing ISPs to compete. A number of companies that already have internet customers in Philadelphia were not even given a chance to bid on the Wireless Philadelphia contract. (Note: This site requires registration.)