McKibbin Street and Wireless Philadelphia – breaking news from the distant and not so distant past

It’s only 1:00am, but so far “Young Artists Find Private Space, Without Privacy” is outpacing “Citywide Wi-Fi could be shut down” by 3 to 2 in terms of how often the article has been emailed to me. Suffice it to say, there are no surprises in either one.

The Metro article tries to be coy about One Community’s attempt to deal with EarthLink and Wireless Philadelphia and that the sticking point is the money EarthLink owes as part of the Street Light Use Agreement (as I detailed on March 25). I’ll write more about this soon. Feel free to email me or comment below with specific questions.

One more thing about the Metro article: It’s not accurate to call Wireless Philadelphia “the nonprofit set up to help low-income residents connect to the system,” since it was actually set up to own the system, then it found a new purpose in managing the system, then it abandoned that to help low-income residents connect to the system. So that’s why it’s there now, but that’s not why it was set up. Erasing that history obscures the organization’s responsibilities.

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  1. What’s your take on Philebrity’s post-mortem of the Earthlink network? If Greg Goldman says “the bus broke down, gotta find a new bus”, how can community advocates for accountable, local, reliable service help Goldman find that new bus?

    http://www.philebrity.com/2008/02/12/technologicology-special-report-like-a-pussy-boyfriend-earthlink-finally-breaks-it-off-with-wireless-philadelphia/

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