Huge civic wireless Web projects are
collapsing as telephone partners worry about the finances.
According to Associated Press San Francisco and Chicago projects have unraveled while another high-profile deal in Houston is close to being killed off.
The main problem with municipal Wi-Fi projects is whether or not the networks will generate enough revenue to justify the multimillion-dollar investment.
Some cities already have agreed to help finance Wi-Fi by sharing some of the upfront costs and guaranteeing subscriptions. Minneapolis, for instance, has agreed to become the "anchor tenant" on its Wi-Fi network which will cost the city $1.25 million annually.