A Wall Street Journal article tells the sad tale of how legislation barring PA municipalities from offering paid telecom services was signed into law. “Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell said late Tuesday night that he had signed into law a large telecommunications bill placing severe restrictions on the ability of cities and towns to offer telecommunications services, an item that was heavily lobbied by Verizon Communications Inc. and other big telephone companies in similar legislation across the country.”
Boy, that certainly sucks, hopefully this isn’t a start of a trend. Regardless, looks like Philadelphia’s plan to offer a citywide, free WI-FI network is dead.