Rahm Stretches for More $$$
Free internet for everyone!
- Dangling the use of light poles, streets, alleys, freight tunnels and unused city-owned fiber, Mayor Rahm Emanuel tried Monday to jump-start his predecessor’s failed plan to establish high-speed Internet access to under-served Chicago neighborhoods, industrial corridors and public spaces.
Emanuel hopes to succeed where former Mayor Richard M. Daley failed by leveraging his plan to rebuild Chicago’s crumbling water and sewer system and by dividing the city into 15 commercial corridors with a separate competition in each zone.
Free wi-fi is already available in Millennium Park, thanks to an agreement quietly reached with Chicago-based SilverlP Communications.
Because bringing your laptops and iPad devices out in the thriving communities won't result in anything bad happening, right? After all, it's "free wi-fi."