Citywide Wi-Fi On Hold Again

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, August 20, 2008

City Council members have voted to end a contract with Sacramento Metro Connect – a company that was supposed to provide the city with free Wi-Fi. City officials say the company never secured the funding.

It was the second failed attempt at blanketing the city with free wireless coverage…and City Councilman Robbie Waters is fed up. 

"So now this is the second time that we’ve had these people that are all talk and no do come to us, use our staff time to check them out."

But City Councilman Rob Fong says it’s just a part of the process of accomplishing the city’s goal to break the digital divide. 

"It didn’t work out but that doesn’t mean it was a waste of time. It’s an opportunity to take a step back and see if this is still going to work for us or if there’s some scaled back version that might be better."    

Fong notes that other high-profile projects in San Francisco and Chicago have also been scrapped. City staff will now reassess the marketplace and report back to the council in 12 months.