A year ago, it seemed like just about every major U.S. city was drawing up ambitious plans to build wireless internet networks, so more people--both rich and poor--could have online access wherever they wanted. Now, economics is blurring this utopian vision, as city leaders and the companies proposing to build these Wi-Fi networks haggle over whether the projects make financial sense.

Caught in the middle are educators, students, and other stakeholders who would benefit greatly from the promise of citywide wireless internet access. How these quarrels play out will have important implications for school leaders and their efforts to provide anytime,

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