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1. Editor's Note: Debating Municipal Wi-Fi
In the classic war between the pro-government Left and the pro-free-market Right, I'm a member of both camps. Governments
are good at providing some services, such as national defense,
police, and enforcing building and health codes.
On the other hand, free-market capitalism has been a driver of most of the material benefits we enjoy today. Free-market
capitalism has provided us with everything from health care to
It also brought us movies starring Rob Schneider. Nobody said the
free market is perfect.
Then there are other categories of services that are sometimes
provided by government and sometimes by the private sector. These
include building roads, collecting trash, and even generating
And there are still other services that are provided by
public-private partnerships. The classic example of that
is the Internet itself: developed by government research, made
powerful, essential, and almost ubiquitous by private industry.
Which side should wireless Internet access fall on? Should
private industry provide public wireless connectivity, should it
be government, or should there be a partnership between both?
And I'm also happy to see other cities--like, say, the one I live
in, lovely La Mesa, Calif., the "Jewel of the Hills"--do nothing
at all in that direction.
Let's let local governments everywhere around the country decide
for themselves if they want to provide municipal Wi-Fi. Let's see
how that works out.
Some state and federal governments don't see it that way. As my
colleague Johanna Ambrosio points out in an opinion column, governors
in Virginia and Pennsylvania signed bills restricting their own
cities from building Wi-Fi networks. U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions,
R-Texas, introduced a bill preventing localities from offering
telecom services except in places where services aren't already
available. Read Johanna's piece for more details on how this
national debate is playing out.
Ironically, I'm actually an opponent of municipal Wi-Fi. I don't
see it as solving any problem that government needs to get
involved in. Proponents of municipal Wi-Fi argue that they're
trying to close the "digital divide" separating the rich from the
poor. I'm not so concerned about the digital divide, I'm more
concerned about the
dicts divide" and the
Still, I could be wrong. Let's collect information for a few
years on how these experiments in municipal Wi-Fi work out. Then
let's reconvene and see if we can come to any conclusions on
whether the public, private, or hybrid approach is better.
I figure 10 years should be enough time to make an intelligent
decision on whether governments should be banned from the
wireless Internet service provider business. I've set aside some
time on my calendar for Oct. 6, 2015, to discuss the issue. Be
there; I'll bring the bagels and cream cheese.
IT and telecom professionals were considerably more optimistic about
their jobs in September than workers in most other sectors, according
to a new survey of more than 9,400 employees in several industries.
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CRM processes. Enhancing The Customer Experience, an Optimize
executive research report, documents how businesses are using
technology to improve customer service and justify IT investment.
With several WiMax firms crowding the starting gate for formal
introduction of the wide area wireless technology, equipment from
at least five firms is being evaluated by the WiMax Forum's
Cetecom Labs in Spain.
Eric Chabrow caught up with Brian Cantrill, the 31-year-old Sun
Microsystems developer who won a Young Technology Innovators
award for his work creating real-time diagnostics tools for
software administrators. Listen to the excitement in Cantrill's
voice as he describes his work.
This paper explores how leading enterprises view service-oriented
architectures and where they stand on implementing an SOA
architecture and infrastructure. It also presents BEA Systems'
domain model for SOA success, discusses the need for a service
infrastructure, and offers a few brief suggestions for getting
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