In the early 2000s, the idea of free, municipally provided WiFi looked like the next big thing. Cities including Chicago, Philadelphia and St. Louis all had high hopes to provide free WiFi to residents, but projects across the country were scaled back, or scrapped completely. Now, a decade later, amid the ruins of failed, high profile projects, the idea is getting a second wind. “The muni WiFi market went through a boom and a bust,” says Chief Information Officer of San Jose, ...

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