On May 19, Philadelphia City Councilman Bill Green will address his local chapter of global wireless networking group Mobile Monday. The title of his speech: “Why and how Philadelphia must react to EarthLink’s pullout.” As you’ll recall, EarthLink announced this week that it will can the nation’s largest muni Wi-Fi hotspot.
What I thought was interesting is that reps from Motorola, AT&T and several other wireless technology companies are going to be present at that meeting, as panelists for a discussion on mobility and enterprise. Could Green be hoping that AT&T, or another company will take the muni Wi-Fi project on, now that EarthLink doesn’t want it? Perhaps.