EarthLink's Big Bet on Broadband

Will building municipal Wi-Fi networks pull the company out of its dial-up doldrums?

New Orleans wants to build a network for high-speed wireless Internet access. And like a growing number of big cities across the country, it turned to EarthLink (ELNK). On May 26, EarthLink said it won the contract to build a wireless fidelity, or Wi-Fi, network that allows low-cost Web surfing across a wide swath of the Big Easy.

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