Philly won’t fight to save Wi-Fi network

The city of Philadelphia is moving on after its brief municipal Wi-Fi relationship with EarthLink, no longer trying to find a way to keep the network up and running, PC World reports. EarthLink announced on May 13 that it will shut down the network and remove the approximately 4,300 access nodes spread across Philadelphia. It said the decision followed months of negotiations with the city and nonprofit organizations aimed at handing over the $17 million network for free so it could keep running. EarthLink started pulling out of the municipal Wi-Fi business last year. The city government isn’t talking to EarthLink or doing anything else to save the network, a spokesman for Mayor Michael Nutter said May 14. This was in contrast to a statement on May 13 by Wireless Philadelphia, a group that provides low-cost access to the network for disadvantaged residents, that said the group and the city were together trying to find ways to preserve the network…

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